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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 29, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAYSmithson Valley homecoming on tap tonight - 10A 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN! 415 DAYS Now Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21, 1995 New Braunfels Herald-^ 'ii o Ate 20 Pages in two sections ■ Od. 29,1993 Serving Comal County ■ Home of CHERYL Vol. 141, No. 245 INSIDE Obituaries.............2A Crossword............3A Opinion.............. .4A Sports Day.........10-12A Classifieds...........3-8B s i amivi rise n Birthday wishes! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Kathy Ward, Tomas Escamilla, Cheryl Roth, Victoria Wallas, Denise Lund, Raul Rosales, Yvonne Villanueva, Russell W. Badina, Marc Cortez (25), Richard Edwards, Jr., Catherine Atkins, Jane lee Morger, Mary Ray, W.G. Roesler, Harry Collins. Happy Anniversary to Leonard & Mary Ann Hummel. Herald-Zeitung seeks weather drawings The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung is seeking weather drawings from local youth. "We're asking any interested youth in New Braunfels and Comal County to draw their best pictures of sunny, rainy, overcast days," said Managing Editor Mark Lyon. "Well use them in our weather forcasts each day." Children should include their name, age and parents' names (hi the back of their drawings. Send drawings to 707 Landa, New Braunfels, Texas 78130. For more information, call 625-9144. Cross Lutheran group hosting Hallelujah Festival The Parent/Teacher League of Cross Lutheran School and Day Care will be sponsoring their annual Hallelujah Festival on Saturday, Oct. 30. The event is geared for family enjoyment. There will be booths to win prizes and goodies, as well as a hayride for children. The Market Place will be open with many craft items for early holiday shoppcrs.Thc public is invited from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Activity Center, located at 169 S. Hickory. Costumes are welcome. Please leave the witches, ghosts and goblins at home. For more information, call Kristen Lams-fuss at 625-3666. Nswcomsrs Club to most Nov. 2 The monthly meeting of the New Braunfels Newcomers Club will be held Tuesday, Nov. 2 at IO a.m. at the Senior Citizens Center. Guest speaker will be Diane Schulz, a pharmacist at McKenna Memorial Hospital. Schulz will speak on the differ* ences between generic and namebrand drugs. Mid-T.xas Symphony mooting alated Monday The Mid-Texas Symphony Guild, New Braunfels chapter, will meet Monday, Nov, 8 from I Ho urn to I p.m. at (he Victoria Bank meeting room, I (XXI N, Walnut St. The Guild has a number of activities which support the Mid-Texas Symphony, and new members are welcome. Members can bring brown bag lunches to the meeting. For more information, call Arlene Buhl at 625-6411, Stammtbch (ThtNiw travail IhraU-Zeilung invites iii redden to iith mil items lo Stammiiseh, According lo the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German comment* Iy,"Stammiiseh" represents a sit ling place for members pf the community to gather and share the day's happenings, We invite you to share with us.) 33rd Annual Wurstfest kicks off today By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Officials arc expecting a large crowd for tonight’s opening ceremony of the 33rd Annual Wurstfest. Admission is free until 7 p.m. tonight. Opening ceremonies will include entertainment by accordion great Myron Floren. Floren is making is 26th Wurstfest appearance this year. Floren will enter the Wurstfest grounds by boat on the Comal River, said Wurstfest Association President Gary Bird. He said the opening ceremonies will also include the introduction of local dignitaries. “Wurstfest officials will open the event by bit ing through a long sausage link,” he said. This year’s Wurstfest is expected to draw more than 100,000 people, said Bird. “Generally people are feeling good about this year because of the change in admission pricing,” he said. This year, visitors to Wurstfest will pay a flat fee to enter the grounds and the hall will be open to all visitors. Other changes to this year’s event includes additional children’s rides and livelier entertainment, according to Bird. “It’s going to be a very entertaining event that is good for the whole family. It celebrates our German heritage in New Braunfels,” he said. Bird said events throughout the city contribute to the Wurstfest. Some of these events include the Heritage Exhibit, Hummel Look-a-like contest, Children’s Museum exhibit and a 5-K run. Also featured this year will be the Texas Lottery. The lottery will host a thrcc-night promotion that includes a S3 discount on Nov. 3 and lottery ticket givc-a-ways all three nights. The lottery kicks off its Wurstfest promotion at 5 p.m. Nov. 3 when all non-winning Texas Lottery tickets will be accepted for a S3 discount on admission. Also the lottery's promotional trailer will be on site Nov. 3 and will return Nov. 5 and 6. Drawings will be held for lottery t-shirts, koozics and coffee mugs. Each night, drawings will be held for up to 350 free lottery tickets. Some winners will gel a “Win for Life” ticket which holds a top prize of $1,000 per week ror life. Wurstfest will run from Oct. 29 to Nov. 7 It is a German/Texas festival featuring oompah, polka music, sausage and strudel. It is rated as one of the top events in North America. This year’s event will include more than 60 entertainment groups, including a 44-piccc band from Winkels, Germany and a special accordion entourage. Wurstfest began in 1% I in honor of the town’s famous food product - sausage. It began as the Sausage Festival and was later called Wurst Week before becoming Wurstfest. United Way fund drive total has board concerned By DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Bill Tart of tha Heritage Exhibit Steering Committee makes the dedication of the 1993 Heritage Exhibit to Dennis and Jackie Hettkamp during the Gala Preview last night. More than 300 attend Heritage Gala Preview By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor More than 300 people turned out Thursday night for the Gala Preview of the 1993 Heritage Exhibit at the New Braunfels Civic Center and the verdict is in. The exhibit is a hit. “I think, like every year, it is astonishing what they pitch in and do. A lot of good people do a lot of good work," said party goer Ray Ruben. “I’m from Missouri. We’ve been here since 1975 and as outsiders we sec the contrast The dedication people have to the community is unique in New Braunfels.” Equally impressed with the work of the more than 300 volunteers that put the exhibit together was Sally Thom “It’s wonderful, just wonderful — the best one ever and they’ve all been great,” she said. “I’ve been here 14 years and I haven’t missed one.” Jack Ohlrich said he thought the theme of this year's Heritage Exhibit, ‘Comal County Fair: IOO Years of Fun,’ was an excellent choice. 'The theme was a very good idea, very appropriate — probably moreso than anything else they have clone. The exhibit is very well done, just beautiful. They outdo themselves every year,” he said. The crowd was treated to a night of music and barbecue, but the focus was on the exhibit, which recreates pieces of Comal County Fairs from the first one in 1893 to today. A working Ferris wheel dominates the main civic center floor, and a harness racer occupies the stage. Other exhibits recreate the old sideshows that were at the fairs, the first judging, sausage making, and more. The workers who put the displays together were excited and relieved to have everything come together in time for the gala Thursday night. “It’s fun. We’re tired when it’s finished, but it’s a happy tired feeling,” said Chere Stratcmann, director of the Heritage Society, which sponsors tho event. ‘Today was hectic. But by now we know that everything that can happen will happen Things get ordered but don’t show up. We have computer problems. There is always some kind of crisis. “Our purpose is to bring an appreciation of our German heritage and educate people. It kind of balances the fun of Wurstfest. Each year we start in January, picking a theme. It is yearlong project,” Stratemann said. The Heritage Society has put on the Heritage Exhibit every year since 1972. “I remember when I first came in 1976, it was really a lot smaller. It didn’t use the whole civic center,” said steering committee member Ram Brandt "It gets bigger every year and the attendance goes up every year." Organizers estimate that 10,000 people will pay to sec the exhibit this year, in addition to the 2,000 school children who will tour the exhibit as guests. The tone of a Friday morning report meeting for the United Way of Comal County was determined but concerned. The campaign, planned to conclude Nov. 12, had recorded contributions and pledges of only SI60,000 as of Thursday evening, United Way board members were told. “At our mid-drive meeting,” Drive Chairman Doug Miller told the board, “I told you we were at S156,000 to 5157.000. I was worried then, but I tried to put a good face on it. “Between then and now,” he continued, “we've taken in a grand total of 54.000. We have SI00,000 to goand, at S4,000 a week, we’re just not going to make it.” The current level of pledges and contributions puts tile campaign at 61 percent of its $260,000 goal. “We had planned for a Nov. 17 celebration,” Miller told the group, "but as of now, there isn’t going to be much of a celebration.” The Advance Gifts portion of the campaign, the schools portion and Greene Music Fest as well as some traditionally significant organizations, such as McKenna Hospital, Miller said, got the campaign oft'to a grand start. “We’ve had some real successes," Miller said. “Greene Music Fest was way up and McKenna is way up Tim (Brierty) and Carlos Campos arc putting some real fun into the hospital campaign. You probably saw the article in the paper... “But I guess maybe those successes and the success of last year’s campaign kind of led us to rest on our laurels. I know I’ve been guilty of that.” But, Miller said, ‘ifs not too late.” “We still have time,” he said. “Ifs kind of like the coach at the end of the third quarter and we’re down a couple of touchdowns. We can still pull it out if we really work at it." United Way Chairman Pam Kraft left no room for doubt about her commitment. “We’re going to make it We set the goal. We committed ourselves and we’re going to meet that goal,” she said. “We’re going to do whatever we have to do to reach $260,000.” And Executive Director Joe Worl reinforced Kraft’s determination. * “It’s going to take the personal involvement of everyone in this room,” Worl said. "We can do it. It’s possible. But we’re really going to have to get busy.” Miller stressed that the success of the campaign depends on the involvement of individual contributors "Corporate donations alone won’t do it," he said. “We’ve got to get the commitment of the employees of those corporations I don’t care if a person can only give 50 cents a week Just that 50 cents would amount to S26 in a year and if enough people would do that, we could meet the goal " And Miller reminded the board that a failure to meet the campaign's goal would have some very real consequences. “We’re not going to suffer,” he said "No one in this room is going to personally suffer. The 28 agencies we help support are going to suffer And the people those agencies help are tile ones who really, ultimately are going to be hurt” “Those organizations," Miller said. “are depending on us. Those people who need help are depending on us.” HILL COUNTRY IAI E ‘The Poacher Ghost’ (EDITOR'S NOTE • This Is the fourth Install• men! of a continuing scries af total ghost stories,) By BIRT WALL Speoial Ie the Herald-Zeitung Sam Wilson did not hunt deer just for the pure apod of hunting. Occasionally, only when it wax absolutely necessary, he would illegally hunt to provide nome meat for his filmily, It had been a hard winter, and ainee John had been few and far between he didn't have the money to buy meat, so he had no other choice It wan a cold. gray day in early January, and the weathermen had forecast the possibility of aleet or now by nightly, Sam, in bin mid-30*. a heavy-net, muscular man, had been chopping firewood in preparation for the night ahead when a dense fog began creeping across the country sit ie By early afternoon he had finished snicking the firewood and since there was once again no meat for his filmily, he gathered his hunting gear, mounted his old gray-mack marc and began the ten mile trek to a hidden back valley where he could almost always be assured of finding some game, The donne fog would have provided anyone with a perfect cover, but even on a sunny day, Sam, on horseback, couldn't have been seen Hill Count*y I.»!«*** crossing the mountains and deep canyons of the rugged Devil's Backbone He always traveled the long-forgotten old wagon trails that nature has hidden with a thick cover of trees and other vegetation. By the time they reached their destination the temperature had dropjvd considerably and a light snow began to fall Since it would stain be dark and there was no time to waste, Sam quickly dismounted and tied his mare to a small oak tree near the edge of the valley. With rifle in hand, he quietly circled the valley and took cover in a small cedar break, Suddenly a strange uneasy feeling began to come over him, but he shrugged it off when he spotted a large doe entering the valley Since Sam is an excellent rifleman, he had to Are only one quick shot and the doe fell dead in her tracks. As he approached the animal, that uneasy feeling of being watched by someone resurfaced, but he knew the chances of anyone being there were slim to none When he scanned the countryside he felt assured that no other human would have crossed the rough and rugged mountains that surround that hidden valley, Sam quickly Acid dressed the deer, draped her around his broad shoulders and started back towards his horse, The dark of night closed in before he reached the edge of the valley, and there he found that the mare had become fidgety and nervous, which was totally unlike his easy-uv manage, old faithful hunting companion When they started baek up the old wagon trail, Sam sensed that aomcthing was blowing them Suddenly his horse pitched and bucked, which she had never done befire, and lie had to hold onto the saddle horn so he wouldn't be thrown Then, with no warning at all, she took oft in a fill gallop, running as if she were on a flat racetrack, rax a steep, ragged mountain trail, Sam was holding on for dear life, and there was no doubt in his mind that they were being chased by something He could almost feel a hot breath on tho back of his neck — then he heard the blood-curdling screams coming Awm the valley below, About halfway up the trail the fbeling of being chased and tile screams from the valley abruptly disappeared, and almost instantly his horse slowed down to a trot, Until then, Sam hadn't noticed that the deer, which he had laid across his lap, wa* gone Apparently it had been thrown oft when the horse started bucking — but, even though that deer meant meat for his filmily, he wa* not about to go baek down the trail to And It By the time they reached the top of the mountain, Sam’s misty old mar had calmed down ut lier normal sure-footed wa! k and he was able to give her the reins Both home and rider regained their composure by the time they got home, but Sam, even to this day, la totally confused as to what they had experienced Maybe they had been chased by a hungry cougar or bear that had picked up the scent of the deer meat — or maybe the story Sam heard as a young child is true- His grandfather used to tell him the story about a valley of death — s small valley, tucked deep in the heart of the Devil's Backbone, where Spanish soldiers were massa* crcd by Apache warriors The story has it that occasionally the creams of the massacre can still be heard Who knowa? Many yearn have paaaed since that cold January night, and Sam had gone hunting when necessary, but he never returned to that particular val* Icy,Buy it! Sell it! Trade it! Herald-Zeitung    get    results!    625-9144....... ■-     ti I I ;