New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 31, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to*. Yvette UMCKQX Melissa Martinez, Oralia Perez, Roxana UHoe, Conal Bating, Aim Kuehler, Lee Rickard (6 years), Jeremy Ckanan (Saturday), Dan Noble, Barbara Barber (Saturday), Sharon Stasis (Saturday), Alex Labowski, Dan Krueger and Chad Cryer (belated).
Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Bads and Nena Gomez (27
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Edwards Aquifer Runtier Canyon Wet — 625.85 feet above aaa level, same as Thursday.
Canyon Dem discharge —192 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —199 cfs Canyon Lake level—909.03 feet above
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TonibM — Clear and cool. Lows in the upper 40s.
Saturday — Sunny and breezy. Warm with highs in the lower 80s, mid 70s Saturday night, clear and cool. Lows in the mid 40s, upper 30s.
Sunday — Sunny, breezy and much cooter. Highs in the upper 60s to near 70.
Monday — Mostly clear. Lows in the 40s to 30s. Highs in the upper 60s to near 70.
Tuesday — Partly cloudy. Lows in the 40s Highs in the upper 60s to mid 70s.
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Ghosts, goblins, witches and princesses will be roaming the streets tonight in search of treats. When driving through residential areas where children might be trick or treating, drive slowly and watch for children in the streets, lf you're taking your child trick or treating, be sure to have reflective tape on the costume or carry a flashlight so drivers can easily spot your goblin.
• Texas Department of Transportation crews are continuing work to expand Interstate 35 between Solms Road and Farm-to-Market 3009. No lanes will be dosed, but southbound exits, with the exception of FM 22S2JFM 482, will be closed All north bound lanes are open.
• Crews are working on FM 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane. Flagmen will be directing traffic.
• In addition to routine repairs, county crews will be working on Barbarosa Lane. The roads will remain open to traffic, but temporary lane closures could occur
• City of New Braunfels street crews are completing work on Oasis Street from Business 35 to Ridgewood Avenue.Grosse Opa bids Wurstfest welcomeV.
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Ensuring that everyone who attends Wurstfest has a good time, this year’s “Grosse Opa” is ready to encourage fun and fellowship at the 10-day German festival.
“As Wurstfest’s goodwill ambassador it is my job to make sure everyone attending Wurstfest has a good time,” said 1997 Grosse Opa Tart Mund.
Each year die Wurstfest Association selects one of its 200-plus members to serve as “Grosse Opa.”
This honorary title, meaning “Big Gtanddaddy,” is bestowed upon a mem
ber for his loyalty, dedication and willingness to participate. The “Grosse Opa” serves as the official “Spass Moister” (fin master) and is responsible for demonstrating “Gemuetlichkeit”
(fan and fellowship in the German tradition).
Mund formally was elected to his position in April 1997.
Mund and his wife, Wallie, have made Wurstfest a family tradition since the
“As an Opa I have worked in many different areas. My favorite, though, is greeting people at the gate,” he said. “I love to live and have fan.”
Mund, who had been an Opa since the late 1960s, said he volunteered as much time as he could each year to Wurstfest.
“Wurstfest is an organization drat does so much for our community,” he said.
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Halloween origins traced back to pre-Christian Celtics
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
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The date is Oct 31,500 A.D. A huge bonfire bums on a hill in Ireland. No “trick or treat” is heard. Instead, the hunters and farmers who worship die natural forces on which they depend recite an old Gaelic verse something like this:
“Bide the Wic-can law ye must.
In perfect love. in perfect trust.
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill;
An ye harm none, do what ye will
What yt send forth comes bach lo thee,
So ever mind the Rule of Three.
Follow this with mind and heart.
And merry ye meet, and merry ye part. "
Before ghosts, goblins, ghouls or any other creatures that go bump on Halloween night
— before Halloween was called Halloween
— Oct. 31 was “Samhain,” the tire feast of “Summer’s End.”
Pre-Christian Celtic people celebrated the last harvest of the year and recommitted themselves to their communities by building a huge communal bonfire, said the Rev. Paul Kelly of Hunter, ordained minister of Ancient Ways.
Kelly spoke to the New Braunfels Unitarian Universalist Society Wednesday about the origins of Halloween traditions, especially the festival as it was celebrated in Britain before the coming of Christianity.
“People would extinguish their individual hearth fires and relight them with an ember from the communal fire,” he said. “Sharing the fire brought them together in a very special way — unity of fire, unity of community"
At Samhain (Gaelic for “summer’s end,” pronounced SOW-in), the ancients believed the veil between the spirit world and the physical world was thinnest, Kelly said. People would honor the beloved dead, as modem Christians do on All Saint’s Day.
“Many would erect an altar to honor the dead,” hie said. ‘it would be a thing of joyful remembering” A family might set an extra place at the dinner table for a favorite ancestor.
Pumpkins were not known to ancient Celts,
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Naef: Lamb killed friend, then himself
Trial could end today
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Defendant John Charles Naef took the stand Thursday in his trial for the murders of John Patrick Lamb, 44. and Kelly Dougherty, 33, at Lamb's Spring Branch home in March 1996.
Naef testified that Lamb shot his girlfriend to death then pointed the gun on himself and committed suicide.
Naef said he heard gunshots after he heard Lamb and Dougherty arguing outside Lamb's trailer.
Naef said Lamb asked him to stay at Lamb's house the night of March 26, so he could collect money he said Lamb owned him for w ork he had done.
By 11 to 11:30 p.m. that night Lamb was getting nervous, he said, because he had been unable to get the money from a drug deal he was arranging with an
At that time Dougherty came to the front door of1 the trailer and tried to get in, but Lamb had locked foe front door, Naef said.
“She knocked at the front door,” Naef said “Pat had put the deadbolt lock on. Kelly started to holler. She started to get madder and threatened to throw something at foe window.”
Naef said Lamb stepped outside to confront Dougherty.
‘They were talking and arguing,” Naef said. “I heard two quick shots."
“What did you do?” defense attorney Jim Pape said.
“I sat there for a little bit,” Naef said. “Pat then came back and set the flashlight down and said something to the effect, ‘I did it. I did it.’”
Naef said while he was trying to leave, he heard gun shots. He said when he looked back, he saw Lamb slumped on his couch after shooting himself with the gun the prosecution said Turn to Naef, Page 2A
NBU authorizes legal help with GAA rules
but people hollowed out huge turnips to carry as lanterns to the fire feast, Kelly said. Rather than the jack-o-lantcm faces of today, a design symbolizing each family was carved in a turnip.
The word “witch” comes from foe Gaelic “wicca,” or wise one. Wiccas were wise women and men, sages of the ancient pagan religion. They did not, however, invoke spirits, make “magic” or cast spells, Kelly said.
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The connotation of evil beings associated with Halloween was imposed by early Christians, he jaid, seeking lo replace pagan beliefs with Christianity, using fear to drive people from foe old to the new religions.
Evil ghosts, witches and the devil as we think of them today were not part of the Wiccan belief system, Kelly said.
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By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
On the same evening the Edwards Aquifer Authonty met in San Antonio to approve new aquifer permitting and transfer rules. New Braunfels Utilities officials authorized lawyers to continue representing their interests in foe formulation of those rules.
Both permit and transfer rules can affect Comal Springs in Lamia Park and NBU’s ability to provide future utility serv ices. NBU trustees authorized Thurs-
day the Austin law firm of Hutcheson and Grundy to continue representing NBU.
Some 40 miles away, EAA officials voted Thursday to publish the final draft of rules and permits for aquifer use. The collection of regulations had been revised heavily since July prior to publication.
“The EAA board received 200 some odd pages of rules at noon Thursday to digest and make a decision on tonight,” Roger Biggers. Turn to NBU, Page3A
Deer season looks promising
Local gun shop owners and taxidermists say they can’t wait for the hunting season to begin this weekend with a promise of a good deer crop this year.
Hunters are gearing up for Saturday when deer, turkey and quail will open.
Mike Croft*-Whithoff, owner of Doc's Guns on Walnut Avenue, said area ranchers who leased land to hunters had told him foe deer crop was good this year.
“The (aim resulted in t pretty
good crop,” Cantu-Whithoff said. “The range is in good shape and the animals had a lot to eat. They are very healthy right now.”
With plenty of deer in Comal County, Cantu-Whithoff said he expected his business to be pretty healthy from November to January. He said since dove season started in August, his business has picked up.
“Moat of my business runs between August tad January,” Cantu-Whithoff said. “That would be our primary buarig busassto.” Michael Kivtin, owner of the Hunting Camp, 1630 Hwy. SI,
saki he also was expecting a big boost for Ina business this season.
“Yes, I think it will be a good season,” Kivtin said. “With the rams, we had most of the pastures look good and the deer are fat.”
Kivlin said he had noticed hunters looking in his stores earlier in the year for hunting accessories.
“I think they were in here browsing qui* a bit,” Kivlin said. “They are just more eager later on to buy MMgnmion, camouflage, hunting bennet, trading gum mid Turn to Hurting, Page 2A
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