New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 28, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 8A — Herald-Zeitung — Friday, October 28, 2005
Salsa festival promises to bring the heat Sunday j Bandstand recognized
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By Jessica Sanders
Temperatures are cooling down, but things will be heating up Sunday in Gruene at Paul and Monte’s Salsa Festival.
The event will be held at Adobe Verde Restaurant, 1724 Hunter Road. It was invented by salsa-lovers Paul Moler and Monte Montgomery.
“I’ve known Monte for years, and one of the things we always loved was getting together and making salsas," said Moler, owner of Adobe Verde. “This event’s been at least IO years in the making.’’
AT A GLANCE
■ What: Paul and Monte's Salsa Festival
■ When: 1 p.m. Sunday _
■ Where: Adobe Verde Restaurant, 1724 Hunter Road
■ Of note: Admission is free. There is a $75 entry fee for salsa cookers. For more information, call 629-0777, visit www.adobeverde.com or e-mail [email protected]
Moler said cold beer and margaritas will be available to guests and a panel of celebrity judges. Montgomery, a professional guitarist, will be master of ceremonies and a featured performer. Mont
gomery’s mother, Maggie Montgomery, will perform, as well as other artists such as Brian Lee.
Refreshments will be served throughout the day. The event will include a salsa cook-off, kids games and live music. KNBT-FM radio will do a live broadcast, and the American Red Cross will be taking donations for disaster relief.
The event begins at I p.m. Montgomery and fellow musicians will play from 2 p.m. until the winners of the salsa cook-off are announced at 7:30 p.m. Prizes for winner and runner-up will be award
ed in each category.
“The salsa will be in three categories: tropical, gringo and most heat,” Moler said. “We thought, ‘We make salsas all the time, but shoot, let’s see what other people can do.’”
Moler said there are currently 15 to 20 entries for the contest. Entry forms are available at Adobe Verde or online at www.adobeverde.com. There will be a $75 entry fee for the salsa cookers. Admission to the festival is free to the public.
For information, call 629-0777, visit adobeverde.com or e-mail [email protected]
Miers out as Supreme Court nominee in stinging defeat for Bush
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a striking defeat for President Bush, White House counsel Harriet Miers on Thursday abandoned her bid to become a Supreme Court justice after three weeks of brutal criticism from fellow conservatives. The Senate’s top Republican predicted a replacement candidate within days.
Miers said she ended her quest for confirmation because the Senate was demanding documents and information detailing her private advice to the president. “I am concerned that the confirmation process presents a burden for the White House,” she wrote in a letter to Bush expressing her wish to drop the nomination.
Senior lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee said they had requested no such documents. Instead, Republicans and Democrats said politics forced her to withdraw, particularly the demands of GOP conservatives who twice elected Bush and now seek to move the high court to the right on abortion and other issues.
“They had a litmus test and Harriet Miers failed that test,” said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass.
“In effect, she was denied due process by members of her own party,” said Sen. John Warner, R-Va. And former COP Sen. Dan Coats, whom the White House assigned to assist Miers’ confirmation campaign, said outside groups and pundits and “perhaps even some senators” had rushed to judgment.
Bush, beset by poor poll ratings, an unpopular wit in Iraq, high energy prices and the possibility of indictments of
White House officials, offered no hint about his thinking on a new nominee. He pledged to make an appointment in a “timely manner.”
While White House aides had assembled a lengthy list of contenders prior to Bush’s selection of Miers less than a month ago, most if not all of them were prominent conservative jurists who could be expected to trigger a sharp clash with Democrats. Other, less contentious contenders could come from outside what Bush calls the “judicial monastery," possibly a current or former senator who could easily win confirmation on a bipartisan vote.
Sen. John Comyn, a former Texas Supreme Court judge, sidestepped a question about his own availability, demurring without closing the door on an appointment. “If the president calls me, obviously I’ll answer the phone or go see him if he invites me to come to the White House, but that hasn’t happened and I doubt it will happen,” he said.
Miers withdrew on a day that two current members of the court met with Senate Democrats for a private lunch. Justice Antonin Scalia told his hosts he hoped Bush would select the most intelligent nominee available, according to one participant who spoke on con-
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Whatever the next choice, many Republicans seemed eager to place Miers’ nomination and the intra-party brawl it sparked behind them as quickly as possible. “Let’s move on,” said Sen. Ttent Lott of Mississippi. “In a month, who will remember the name Harriet Miers?”
By Leigh Jones
The New Braunfels Plaza Bandstand finally has been recognized by the state as a historical structure.
Those who helped fund the bandstand’s recent renovation gathered Thursday evening to celebrate the placement of the historical marker at the base of the Bandstand steps.
Main Street Manager Jan Soechting said she hoped the plaque would help protect the entire plaza and all of the structures on it.
The marker, one of roughly IOO within the city limits, tells readers the story of the bandstand’s construction IOO years ago.
“It used to be called the music pavilion, and it was built at the request of the Waldschmidt's Fireman's Band,” Soechting said, reading from the plaque. “They felt the city needed a better place for musical performances and shows.”
After receiving a petition from 17 residents requesting the construction and $180 in private donations to help pay for it, city council authorized the remaining necessary funds on April 3, 1905. The entire project cost $560.
This year’s renovation, completed just before the bandstand’s 100th birthday on July 4, cost $225,000. The building received new structural elements, new electrical and sound systems, a new roof and a new coat of paint in a more historically accurate color scheme.
"Everyone who donated money for this project should feel ecstatic that they were able to help preserve this New Braunfels landmark,” Soechting said.
Soechting said she hoped the marker would encourage owners of other historic structures in New Braunfels to seek plaques.
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