New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 31, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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20 pages in two sections ■ Thursday, October 31,1996
EL PASO, TX 79903-Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of LOUISE SCHLATHER
Vol. 144, No 253
Bridge reconstruction good news for tubers
By ABE LEVY
The city council gave the go-ahead Monday for its staff to accept state and federal funding to reconstruct the Gruene Crossing Bridge due to structural defects and safety problems that have injured numerous tubers on the Guadalupe River throughout its history.
Texas Department of Transportation officials estimate the cost of reconstruction at $800,000 to $900,000 with 80 percent coming from the federal government, IO percent from the state and IO percent from the city.
In addition, the city will pay for all right-of-way acquisition and utility line adjustments.
City council approved the plan 5-1 after staff members and TxDOT officials indicated the reconstruction would alleviate structure and safe
ty hazards, which cause an average of six calls for service (police, rescue) each weekend.
Councilman Paul Fraser was the opposing vote and Councilwoman Juliet Watson was not present.
City officials urged the council to approve the plan before the state decides to allocate the money elsewhere.
The state chose to designate the money, which is available for the 1999 fiscal year, because the bridge project ranks as priority one among statewide and San Antonio-district projects.
The plan calls for the bridge to be raised 4 to 6 feet to allow the maximum release from Canyon Lake to pass through. It also calls for a pedestrian walkway and a wider roadway on the bridge, which will increase the load limit from 17,500 pounds to 80,000 pounds.
Turn to Bridge, Page 2A
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Tubers have a tight squeeze under the present bridge at the Guadalupe River and Gruene.
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zettung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Yvette Castafteda, Jack Harris, Melissa Martinez, Oralia Perez, toxann Ulloa, Hazel Kuhn, Art Dreinhofer, Lee Richard (5 years), Aimee Horak, Alfred Rothe, Connell L. Batling (29 years), Louise Schlather, Daun Noble, Jaime R. Hernandez, Sr., Gyatlyn McDonald, Ryan Becker, Alex Labowski, .lr., Beth Gonzales (14 years) and Cathy Brock.
Anniversary wishes are extended to: Blas and Merna Gomez (26 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, coli 625-9144.
Glimpse at New Braunfels’
By OEHME DZIUK
Visitors and residents are able to take a step back in time and see a snapshot of New Braunfels’ history each year during Wurstfest through exhibits that bring the past to life.
When Wurstfest began, most of the activities were in the evening, and visitors were forced to find other sources of entertainment during the day.
That presented an opportunity to the Heritage Society of New Braunfels to sponsor a boltage exhibit each year to coincide with the festival, said Joanna Lewis, co-chair of the Heritage Exhibit.
“It originally started in conjunction with Wurstfest to give visitors something to do during the day before going to Wurethane, Lewis said.
The exhibits have beal held for 25 years and have grown in popularity and attendance. Lewis said every-
Heritage Exhibit 1996
When: Nov. 1,1996 through NVO. 10,1996 Where: New Braunfels Civic Center. 380 S. Seguin How Much: Admission is $3 for adults; 50 cents for children ages ,6-12; free for children under 6 Theme: The Thirties: Winds of Change Why: To promote New Braunfels’ unique heritage and to educate the youth of the community Sponsors: The Heritage Society of New Braunfels
one who attends the exhibit, from schoolchildren to out-of-town visitors, enjoys it and ends up coming back. “During those IO days of the exhibit, we'll have several thousands of people come through to see a part of local history," Lewis said.
Part of the success of the exhibit is that “we never have the same thing twice," Lewis said.
The exhibit always focuses on “local history put on by local people," but the decade of history covered by the exhibit changes.
This year’s exhibit — "The Thirties: Winds of Change” — is “more contemporary" because people still remember that time period, Lewis said.
This year’s exhibit will feature scenes from the famous House that Jack Built, a speakeasy and brewery, the bus station, Settler school, Girl Scout camp, the country club and golf course, the swim team,
Turn to Heritage, Page 2A
Mold —2,310 Cedar Elm-34 Pigweed —6 Ragweed — 17
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River —171 cubic feet per second, down 3 from Wednesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 622 97 feet above sea level, down .01 from Wednesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 254 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —1,078 cfs Canyon Lake level — 908.81 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
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NBL! reports pumping 6.839 miMon gallons of surface water Wednesday, and .206 mg of well water was used.
Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Ayers Recital Hall on the Texas Lutheran University campus.
The chorus will be performing parts of Handel’s “Messiah," under Dan Long s direction. For more information, call Dr. Fred Frueholz at 625-6420.
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Nona inis evening
The New Braunfels High School Student Council is hosting its “Halloween Happening” from 6 to 8 p.m. in the school’s main hall today. NBHS students from various clubs will set up a haunted house, and booths with games, prizes, food and more for area children. This safe time is for trick-or-treaters of all ages Admission for the haunted house is 50 cents; everything else is * free
Barman folk Bongs locus of concert
Beethoven Maennerchor presents: “An Evening of German Folksongs" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Beethoven Hall, 420 S. Alamo. San Antonio.
Performing will be the United German-American Choruses of Wisconsin, Steven Joyal director. The Southern District Choruses, under the direction of John Donohue, will also sing. Tickets are $6 at the door, $5 in advance. Call 697-0451.
ABM Club to review game film tonight
The Comal County A&M Club will be showing the Texas A&M vs. Texas Tech football game at 7 p.m. today at CCS Pizza The public is invited.
‘twMMy Todd” at NBHS tonight
Students of New Braunfels High School present their final performance of the musical play, “Sweeney Todd," at 7 p m. today at the high school.
Tickets are $2 each.
Archdiocese official visits private school
Hears concerns of students’ parents
By DENISE DZIUK
The superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Dale Hoyt, spoke Wednesday night to about 30 parents of students at Sts. Peter and Paul School who are dissatisfied with several teachers’ performance.
A parent asked Hoyt to discuss a letter that was sent to his office earlier this week pointing to the resignation of nine of the school’s staff members, the withdrawal of children and the concerns of parents, who feel “frustrated and uninformed.’’
Hoyt first g ive a presentation at St. Mary’s Hall on his vision few the school and the mission of Catholic schools and then addressed the parents’ concerns.
But he declined to discuss the letter during the meeting, saying anonymous letters do not carry much weight.
“I came to share the vision,” Hoyt told the crowd.
“If you would like to see me privately, I would be happy to (talk with you).”
The parents told Hoyt that classes are without teachers and aides are filling in for them, causing children to lose interest in school.
“Our kids don’t know who’s teaching them. They’re coming home crying,” a parent said.
They also expressed concerns about the example being set when some teachers supposedly sit in the back of the room and work while students pray.
The parents added they are not being kept informed, and their questions have gone unanswered.
“We don’t know what’s going on
We have gone through a transition, but thoro have boon no changes of any magnitude’
— Kathy White _Sis. Peter & Paul School
at all,” said one parent. “I think that’s w hat our concerns are.”
Several parents said they will pull more students out of Sts. Peter and Paul School if something is not done to remedy the situation.
“Help us out,” one crying mother said, pleading to H°yl-
“We’re waiting for your response to decide whether to pull our children out or stay," one parent said.
Hoyt said he will meet with Msgr. Eugene O’Callaghan and then report back to the parents.
He added that a task force of up to four people from outside the community may be formed to investigate the matter. ,
Principal Kathy White said that while some parents have raised concerns, “the overwhelming majority of parents” support the school, which has 335 students.
“We have gone through a transition, but there have been no changes of any magnitude,” White said.
“I currently have some open positions that I’m filling due to resignations.”
Hoyt said lie would write the parents a letter to describe steps that should be taken.
In the meantime, parents should pray, Hoyt said.
River flow above 250 cfs level
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority officials decided Wednesday afternoon to release more water from Canyon Dam in response to heavy rains in the upper river watershed.
GBRA spokeswoman Judy Gardner said 3 to 6 inches of rain this week in the watershed near Kerrville had increased the flow of water into Canyon Lake to 5,000 cubic feet per second.
The authority increased the release from the dam from 120 cubic feet per second to 280 cubic feet per second.
*We ar* going to increase tho release because there will probably' be enough water to go over the conservation pool level.’
— GBRA's Judy Gardner
“We are going to increase the release because there will be probably be enough water to go over the conserva
tion pool level,” Gardner said, referring to the level that the Army Corps of Engineers seeks to maintain for Canyon Lake. “We are going to release it at 280 cfs ... so that the water level will stay at the conservation pool level.”
The conservation pool level at Canyon Lake is 909 feet mean sea level.
A decrease in flow into Canyon Dam as a result of this year’s drought * caused the conservation pool level to drop to 904.84 feet.
Gardner said the releases will remain at 280 cubic feet per second until further notice by GBRA.
ICheck out a complete Friday schedule of events at Wurstfest on Page 2A.