New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 26, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAYKnytex to bring 150 jobs to town, fill empty Iselin plant. See Page 3A
New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21, 1845
/ 9 9
r;« 7 V- t ^
tv 79903"" EX PASO, I* '
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeftung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following biithday wishes to; Dean P. Fis-chbeck, Raquel Garcia and Paula Molina.. Happy anniversary wishes go to Oscar and Norma Schneider and to Earl and Marie Heaton (55 years).
Canyon Lake Museum Committee holds coffee
Join in to help remember The Way It Was" with the Canyon Lake Museum Committee, as it sponsors a morning coffee at 9 :30 a.m. at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative auditorium Thursday, Oct. 27.
Join in or just go to listen in on the way it was gathering to recall the early days in Comal County communities.
Wurstfsst offers advance tickets
Advance tickets sales for Wurstfest 94 are now on sale at the Wurstfest offices in Landa Park.
Adult admission advance tickets will cost $5 if purchased by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3. Adult tickets at the gate cost S6. Children 12 years old and under are admitted free. Admission to the Wursthalle is free.
More than 60 entertainment groups will appear at the 34th annual Wurstfest, a 10-day showcase of German food, dance, heritage and fun.
Slated this year for Nov. 4-13, Wurstfest is a GermarvTexas festival that attracts an estimated 100,000 people from around the world to New Braunfels.
For more information, call 625-9167.
Retired teachers to gather
New Braunfels Retired Teachers Association will meet Nov. 2 in the NBISD Education Center Board Room. Coffee and cookies at 9:30 a m. Program and business meeting at IO a m. Guest speaker will be Everett Fey, author of New Braunfels: The First Founders.
NB Interact Club plans food drive for Oct. 91
The Interact Club of New Braunfels High School is planning a food drive to take place Halloween evening Oct. 31. Collected items will be delivered to needy families for Thanksgiving according to Dora Lisa Alvarado, club president.
Interact is a worldwide organization for youths interested in service and international understanding. Locally, the Interact Club is sponsored by the New Braunfels Rotary Club.
New for this year along with the Halloween Food Drive is constructing Christmas decorations for the newly installed downtown lamp posts.
“We hope this gives an alternative meaning to Trick-or-Treat in New Braunfels by helping our fellow neighbors who have not been as fortunate,” said Alvarado.
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
Proposed Interstate 35 alternative criticized
By TECLO J. GARCIA
Coins are here!
Herald-Zeilung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Clyde Blackman of th# Sophlanburg Museum shows off tbs now Sesquicentennial coins, which arrived late last week. All members of the Downtown Association have the coins for sals.
Sohn enjoying new role with LCRA
By CRAIG HAMMETT Stsff Wrttsr
Most people know Bob Sohn as the former general manager of New Braunfels Utilities. For some 14 years, he worked with utility issues at NBU.
These days, Sohn is using that experience as a consultant for another even larger utility organization, the Lower Colorado River Authority.
Sohn said he travels to small towns up and down the Lower Colorado Basin, explaining the various certification requirements for water and wastewater, which he says are more stringent than ever.
“My role is to talk to the appropriate people, talk in general terms,” he saii mostly to communities, districts and others. “I talk to them about things they need to be prepared for ”
Sohn said the LCRA is looking at the possibility of leasing or operating water treatment facilities along the basin. Sohn is advising in that respect.
“There are things we can do from a
quantity standpoint because of the size of operation we have,” he said.
Though he is based in Austin at LCRA headquarters, he travels most of the time through the basin area.
He said that he sees water concerns in the region from a different viewpoint now that he works for another agency.
“It is even clearer to me now that New Braunfels’ position of having an alternate water source is more important than I suspected when I was there,” he said.
There have been numerous studies done across the state looking at different ways to provide alternate or surface water sources to areas in need of those sources. It has even been suggested that water could be made avail
able from rivers such as the Colorado, Brazos or even the San Jacinto for this region.
“Theories of bringing water from the San Jacinto or Colorado are technically possible, if you have enough money,” said Sohn.
Therein lies the problem.
Sohn said NBU purchases surface water for about S55 an acre foot in its current agreement.
Bringing water from another source such as the Colorado could increase that price to as much as SI,OOO an acre foot
“You’re talking about 20 times an increase,” he said.
Sohn said, however, that by building and alternative source other than pumping from the ground some years ago, NBU and the city were able to put themselves in better shape than many surrounding communities.
“NBU is in a wonderful position because they have got an alternative water resource,” he said.
The New Braunfels Greater Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee Chair said he opposes the building of an 1-35 alternate route because it could diminish funding for 1-35 improvements.
The proposed 1-35 alternative is called the Mo-Kan Expressway because it would generally follow the route of the Missouri-Kansas Railroad line.
Chairman Bob Hasert said he was not totally opposed to building a highway that would run from Seguin north to Georgetown, but that seeking funding for the project right now might take away from 1-35 funding.
“We don’t understand that logic,” said the former Texas Department of Transportation Engineer. “We are not saying that an alternate route should never be built but just not at this time.” Hasert, who was the resident engineer at the New Braunfels Tx DOT office from 1972-93, said the alternate route would cost $600 million to build and could get started in four years, according to a TxDOT report. Construction is planned on 1-35 through the next three years.
The alternate route was proposed years ago, but it has not been until recently that the idea has been looked at as a reality..
With Mexican trade increasing, and portions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that will allow Mexican trucks to drive through Texas, supporters of 1-35 say it should receive money first.
Webb County officials estimate that 48,000 commercial trucks pass through Laredo each month and head north on I-
“We are not saying that an alternate route should never be built but just not at this time.’
— Bob Hasert
35. That is four times the amount they had predicted It is unknown how many travel up 1-35 through New Braunfels.
It also estimated by the Texas Department of Commerce that 80 percent of Mexican exports come through Texas and 75 percent of that uses 1-35.
Hasert insists that 1-35 should not have to compete for funds with a whole new highway especially when 1-35 is so busy.
“Back in the 1960’s you could look at the highway and you knew when the games at Memorial Stadium (University of Texas) were over by the steady stream of care on the road,” said Hasert, “Now, you can’t tell.”
Ross Milloy, president of the Greater Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council said he agrees with Hasert, that 1-35 should receive adequate funding, but disagrees when it comes to the postponement of the alternative route.
“I don’t think we can afford to do that,” he said. “I think the need is clear and the danger is too clear. The traffic will continue to increase ”
Should 1-35 get the designation from Congress as being THE NAFTA highway, it would receive special funding from Washington. It would get “priority” attention and would not compete for normal highway funds.
Eden Home rated tops
Money magazine gives local home recognition
By CRAIG HAMMETT
A local nursing center has been named as one of the country’s best by a nationwide magazine.
' Eden Home has been listed as one of top six homes by Money magazine.
An article titled “How to Find Great Care for Aging Loved Ones” by Echo Montgomery Garrett in the November issue, lists Eden Home among the top six nursing homes in the country. The article listed six areas of care for the elderly, Continuing Care, Congregate Housing, Active Communities, Assisted Living, and Nursing Homes, which included Eden Home.
Howard Pinnell, administrator for Eden Home, said they originally. thought they would be included among the top six in Texas
“When the article came out, it was actually just six across the U.S.,” he said. “We were the only
one from Texas.”
The article stated that 2.2 million persons age 65 and over were in nursing homes across the U.S., with S55 billion in expenditures each year. According to Joshua M Wiener of the Brookings Institute, the article stated that number would increase to 3.6 million in the next 25 years and that the average annual cost of care was $37,000.
The article also mentioned that there are 32 millions persons in the U.S. age 65 and over, about 12.7 percent of the population which could rise to 20 percent by the year 2030.
Eden Ministries started the care center in San Antonio in 1910, and moved to 1956 in New Braunfels. The 13-acre complex includes 256 beds in the skilled nursing area, with additional retirement villages and 94 units at Eden Heights for subsidized housing.
“We provide a wide variety of services,” said Radney Wells, executive director for Eden Ministries.
Militia pledges to protect rights
Meeting Nov. I at GVTC
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Herald Zeitung photo by DAVID SULLENS
Choosing Texan of tho Year
Mtmbsrt of tbs two oommlttsss — ons composed of stats loaders and th# othar of local community lead ara — mat at th# Headliner* Club In Austin last night to choose th# Texan of th# Yaar recipient for this yaar’a Taxaa Legiaiatlva Conference aponaored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and ast for March 23-24,1995. Pictured, from left to right, at that masting ars Allan “Bud” Shivers Jr. of Austin, who chairs the TLC Advisory Committee; and Randy Haugh and Bill Cone, both of New Braunfels, who ars members of th# TLC Arrangements Committee. The Texan of the Year recipient, though chosen last night, will not ba revealed until the Texan of th# Yaar Recaption in New Braunfels March 23. For details or ticket Information, contact the Chamber at 625-2385.
Children’s Museum exhibit to focus on ‘Where in the World is Germany?’
NEW BRAUNFELS — Explore another side of the Old Country at the “Where in the World is Germany?” 3rd annual exhibit during Wurstfest. This special 10-day exhibit, sponsored by the Children’s Museum will be created at the museum from Nov 4-13
The exhibit will feature hands-on activities
for children of all ages to learn more about the country, its history and its impact on many current traditions.
Visitors to “Where in the World is Germany?” will make traditional ornaments by the Christmas tree, use a press to prim a certificate, learn traditional kindergarten songs and dances, and act out
their favorite fairy tale in the German castle. “Where in the World is Germany” will be open from 9 a m. to 5 p m. Tuesday - Friday, IO a m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; and noon to 5 pm. on Sunday Admission is $2.50 per person, children under one, enter free Call 210/620-0939 to make reservations for a group tour.
A group in Comal County would like others join in their quest to fight what they call infringements on rights guaranteed citizens by the United States Constitution.
"The federal governments is leeching them away, little by little,” said Ann Utterback, Comal County Commander of the Texas Constitutional Militia. “...We have allowed elected representatives to defile their objectives.”
The organization, formed several months ago, opposes what they call increased government regulations, for example, the recently passed crime bill and proposed designation of private property as special habitat for endangered species.
“We don’t want the federal government coming in and saying you can’t do that,” she said. “...Yes, there are people who are greedy and short-sighted. The vast majority love the land. As good stewards! we will do what we can to preserve.
Utterback said self-determination and limited government were goals of the group and “to educate as many voters as possible.”
She also cited examples of asset forfeiture under the crime bill, whereby authorities can seize property under suspicion and make it difficult for persons found not guilty to regain their property.
She said under the Constitution, any citizen not elected to public office, not in the military or not convicted of a felony can be a member A meeting will be held Nev. I, 7 p.m. at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative auditorium.Plan to visit Wurstfest ’94, Nov. 4 —13 at the Wurstfest grounds in Landa Park