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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 31, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Heratd-Zeitung, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday, October 31, 1986 Page 3ABridges stands alone as female Opa By SARAH DUKE Staff writer For 25 years, Frances Bridges of New Braunfels has been the only woman member of the Opa organization in New Braunfels. She is an original member of the organization and has been active since its creation. For those unfamiliar with the organization, Opas are members of the Wurstfest Association who work several hours each year to ensure the smooth running of Wurstfest. Other than working with Wurstfest, the civic organization works to improve the community and the schools of New Braunfels. Bridges became a member in 1960 when she worked to put on the first Wurstfest, called then the Sausage Festival. She organized the popular Sausage Dog Fun Show for 24 years. Last year was her last dog show. When Ed Grist, the creator of Wurstfest, asked her for help with the first festival in 1961, she told him she would be pleased to help out but wanted to become part of Wurstfest’s decisionmaking organization. “I told them I wanted to be a member but I didn’t want a bunch of those guys telling me how to run the show," Bridges said. "I really just snuck in by the back door. If I would have been five years later, they wouldn’t have let me in,” she said. In the years since the Opas formed their organization, no other woman has been admitted. To join the Opas, a person must be invited to join after being named by the board of directors. Before becoming able to vote, a member must serve as a Kleine Opa. Kleine Opas are1 junior Frances Bridges holds one of her dachshunds, above. Curtiss Bridges Wonsik, Dr. Ed A. Grist and then-Mayor Joseph Faust check dogs from the first dog show in 1961. members, Bridges explained. They must work a certain amount of hours working on civic activities and then, when there is a vacancy in the general membership, they may be voted in. Bridges is now an Opa Emeritus, one of the few members of the group who is not required to work at or before Wurstfest. But she continues to put in several hours of work for the festival and the other civic activities she considers important. The Opa organization has grown to more than 150 members in die 25 years since it was created. ‘‘I don’t think a lot of them even know I’m an Opa,” Bridges said. ‘‘They probably think I just go to the meetings to eat and take a few pictures.” She has worked as a photographer and reporter for area newspapers for many years. ‘‘Every so often at the meetings, one of them will let loose with some four-letter words and then they’ll turn around and look at me and say ‘Oh, excuse me.’ ” she said. “I tell them I’ve heard it all before.” Bridges and her daughter, Curtiss Bridges Wonsik, worked on the dog show for the first five years. After that. Bridges was in charge of the show. Exhibitors for the shows came from the San Antonio, Houston and surrounding areas. Bridges has raised dachshund dogs for several years and shown them in competition across the state. Each dog at the Wurstfest dog show received a smokehouse sausage. Trophies were given to the first place entries in categories of oldest, fattest, longest, ugliest, most beautiful, best costumed and the dog most resembling a sausage. San Antonio Sausage put on obedience shows that Bridges said drew large crowds that cheered on their favorite dogs. Opa members See OPA, Page 12AHwrald-Zeitung (USPS 377 880) lf you have not re' oozed your paper by 5:30 p o Tuesday through Friday or by 7 30 a rn Sunday, .all 625 9144 or 658 1900 by 7 p rn and 11 a.m., respectively Published Sunday rw.rrmg and Tuesday, Wednesday    Thursday and Friday afternoon try New Braunfels Herald Puhi mg O 186 S. Casten Ave , New Braunfels, TX 78131. Second o <> s postage paid at New Br e ‘‘ s Herald Publishing Co., 186 S Casten Ave , New Braunfels, TX 78131 Dave Kramer    Editor Gen Mgr Susan Haire    Managing    Editor Claude Scruggs    Publisher Shirlene Thorntor    OH - Manager Sandi Hutter    Asst    Adv. Mgr Cheryl Br/o/owski C ass Mgr Don Avery Circulates Manager Carol Avery Photocomp Forerr un Gus Elbel    Press    f oreman Patricia Yznaga King C ’y Editor Wanda Lasater Kau d p< :    'or David King    Sports    Editor Subscription Rams (Includes applicate* sal*- ta*’ Carrier delivery    Con    al Guadalupe, Hays Blare and Kendall Counties 3 mot-t* s $*10 78 6 months, $18 82, one year $33 54 Mail delivery outsidr r •    ,    , , *v In Texas: 3 months $18 92    6 months, $33 64 on* y( r $63 08 Mail outside Texas f • " s. $42.00; one year $ 7( Postmaster So’ iddress changes to PO Dr iw* ■ !i ' (Jew Braunfels, TX 78131 Weather Extended forecast North Texas: A chance of rain Friday night and early Saturday, otherwise no precipitation expected Windy and turning cooler Friday night and Saturday. Partly cloudy and cool Sunday and Monday. Highs Saturday around 70 lowering into the low to mid 60s Sunday and Monday. I/)ws generally in the 40s. South Texas: Generally fair skies Saturday through Monday with cool nights and mild days. Ixiws in the 40s north and 50s south. Highs in the 60s north and 70s south. West Texas: A chance of showers and cold Saturday. Clearing late Saturday or Sunday with cold nights but slowly warmer days .mainly north. Sunday and Monday. Panhandle...highs near 50 Saturday warming to upper 60s by Monday. Ix)ws near 30. Highs South Plains lower 50s Saturday warming to near 70 by Monday. D>ws in the lower 30s. Highs Permian Basin mid 50s Saturday warming to near 70 by Monday. Ixiws in the mid to upper 30s Forecast North Texas: Mostly fair and cool tonight. Increasing cloudiness and turning cooler from northwest Friday. Ix>ws tonight 39 to 49 Highs Friday 63 to 72. West Texas: Increasing cloudiness tonight and mostly cloudy Friday except partly cloudy south Friday. Chance of showers north tonight, possibly mixed with snow and scattered showers mainly east of the mountains Friday. I/iws tonight upper 40s lowlands of southwest to mid 30s panhandle. Highs Friday near 50 panhandle to upper 60s valleys of southwest. South Texas: Decreasing clouds east tonight, fair elsewhere. Partly cloudy most sections Friday. Ixiws tonight in tile nud and upper 40s north, 50s elsewhere. Highs Friday from the 70s north to the 80s south. Port Arthur to Port O’Connor: A gale warning is in effect. Northwest winds diminishing to near 15 knots Deaths near shore and 20 to 25 knots offshore tonight. Wind becoming northeast near 15 knots Friday. Rough seas subsiding to 5 to 7 feet near shore and 7 to IO feet offshore tonight. Port O’Connor to Brownsville: Small craft should remain in port. Northwest winds diminishing to IO to 15 knots near shore and 15 to 20 knots offshore tonight. Wind becoming northeast IO to 15 knots Friday. Seas 3 to 5 feet near shore and 5 to 7 feet offshore tonight. Texas Tropical Storm Juan continued to move away from Texas early today, reducing the once-heavy rainfall over Southeast Texas and eastern sections of the state to light drizzle and occasional light rain. But there was something new added to Texas forecasts for tonight. There’s the chance of some light snow mixed with some scattered showers expected over portions of West Texas. No accumulation is expected. Juan, the former hurricane, was drifting slowly eastward early today, just off the louisiana coast. It was located at dawn just west of the mouthe of the Mississippi River, forecasters said. It was to be mostly fair over western sections of North Texas and South Texas today and fair over all of West Texas. The light rain and drizzle over the eastern third of the state was expected to end tonight and be accompanied by decreasing cloudiness. I»ws tonight will be in the mid 30s in the Panhandle and in Hie 40s and 50s over the rest of the state. Highs Friday will be ui the 50s in the Panhandle and in the 60s and 70s elsewhere. Early morning temperatures were in the upper 30s over the northern part of the Panhandle and in the 40s and 50s over the rest of the state. Extremes ranged from 37 at Amarillo to 64 at Corpus Christi. Delia Paredez Services for Delia Paredez, of 1307 Parsifal, Victoria, will be at IO a.rn. Friday at Zoeller Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Comal Cemetery. Paredez, 49, died Oct. 29 in Victoria. Paredez was bom Aug. 19, 1936 to Enrique and Maria (nee Marinez) Ortiz in New Braunfels. She married Juan Paredez and she had lived in Victoria 13 years. Survivors include her husband, Juan Paredez of Victoria; one son David Paradez of Victoria; four sisters, Andea Ortix, Paula Dixon, Josef a Gonzales and Luisa Gomez, all of New Braunfels; three brothers, Sebastian Ortiz, Matias Ortiz and Francisco Ortiz, all of New Braunfels; and one grandchild. Prayer service will be at 7:30 p.m. today at Zoeller Funeral Home. James Oscar Lee Services are pending at Doep-penschmidt Funeral Home for James Oscar I^ee, of Rt. 7, Canyon Lake. l*e, 76, died Oct. 30 at Audie Murphy Memorial Hospital in San Antonio. Adolfina Wersterfer Services are pending at Doep-penschmidt Funeral Home for Adolfina Wersterfer, of 741 S. Santa Clara in New Braunfels. Wersterfer, 76, died Oct. 30 at Humana Hospital in San Antonio. Now Curtis Mathes quality stereo systems are even more affordable! Extraordinary Value • AM FM stereo tuner with aux inputs • Amplifier with 5 band graphic equalizer hi/lo filter and loudness control • Dual, dubbing cassette deck with tape : control and noise reduction • Semi-automatic, belt-drive turntable Witt i z record changer and cueing control • Matching 3-way speakers • Rack with glass doors top and record storage As low as $499 Up to $1,000 instant credit to qualified buyers. 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