New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 2, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149, No. 215 18 pages in 2 sections September 2, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
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Staffers at McKenna Sports Fitness & Rehabilitation celebrate the 95th birthday of Everett Reynolds with a cake.
NB man, 95, stays ‘young’ with exercise
By Betty Taylor Features Editor
Everett Reynolds was bom in 1905, the same year Las Vegas, Nev. was founded, Norway dissolved its union with Sweden and the Treaty of Portsmouth USA ended the Russo-Japanese War.
The retired homebuilder, who recently celebrated his 95th birthday at McKenna Sports Fitness and Rehabilitation Center, says he exercises to stay young in mind, body and soul.
Reynolds knows a thing or two about what is truly remarkable and what really counts in life. The 95-year-old remarried when he was 80 years old and still works out every day.
Reynolds arrived at the facility on Aug. 17 to find his favorite treadmill and bike decorated in birthday garb. Reynolds said the staff did the same thing for him this past year.
“It is one of the nicest things — the way they treat me here at the gym," he said.
Reynolds works out each day on both the treadmill and the stationary bike and then swims.
“I am not trying to become an athlete,” he said. “I just think it is necessary for good health to stay thin and exercise."
Georgia Williams, office manager at the center, said, “When the staff sees him, they all say ‘That’s what I want to be like.’ He comes in and gets on the treadmill, then the bike and then he goes in the pool and then the hot tub. That is his routine, every day. Even on Saturdays and Sundays."
For 40 years, Reynolds got most of his exercise from building homes. The Houston native moved to New Braunfels with his second wife, Clothilde, in 1985.
Reynolds’ personal health plan has been one of simplicity and eating lots of vegetables. “I’m 90 percent vegetarian,” Reynolds said. “I grew up sort of following the preachings of Dr. Kellogg of Battle Creek, Mich. That was a famous spa place.
At McKenna Sports Fitness and Rehabilitation Center, Reynolds has become the reluctant poster boy for the importance of exercising and maintaining good health.
When asked what he would tell others about exercise, he simply said, “I try not to advise other people.”
County picks ‘waterwise’ committee
The Waterwise Growth Study Committee members are:
• Comal County: Nathan Rheinlander; Tom Hornseth; Sieve Schultz
• New Braunfels: Stoney Williams; CA. Bolner
• Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority: David Welch
• NBU: Paula Difonzo
• Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District: Chris Dullnig
• Edwards Aquifer Authority: Doug Miller or his designee
• Developers: Mike Norris; Mitch Sacco
• Citizens: Kristin Quinney; Brad Wuest.
By Ron Maloney and Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writers
Comal County Commissioners named 13 members to a new committee to study growth in the county.
The Waterwise Growth Study Committee, approved Thursday by commissioners, will growth’s effects on infrastructure, environment and water supply, including the Trinity and Glen Rose aquifers. The panel will meet in the next 10 days.
The committee and its work grew out of a nine-month county moratorium on high-density home construction on lots smaller than one acre.
The action was taken to give the coun
ty time to study growth and water-related issues and come up with a program for addressing them.
Of paramount concern, County Judge Danny Scheel has said, is preserving the county’s quality of life — and protecting its aquifers.
“I think these issues are of utmost importance to Comal County,” Scheel said. “I think they dictate the survival of the quality of life we’re accustomed to.”
The new committee also will revisit various county rules and regulations as they pertain to growth and new development.
Among its goals will be:
Referendum effort afoot to put booze ban on ballot
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
A proposed alcohol ban on local rivers caught a life preserver late this week.
New Braunfels City Council set the proposed ban adrift until March by voting to delay the issue Monday.
But Kathleen Krueger, Betty Dunkin and others do not want to wait. Instead, they want New Braunfels voters to decide whether to enact an alcohol ban on local rivers.
They are asking registered New Braunfels voters to sign a petition by Monday night asking council to place the issue on the November ballot. They will gather signatures between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. today through Monday in the Main Plaza gazebo.
The group is facing a tight deadline to gather the necessary signatures that could force council to put the issue on the ballot. They must submit the signatures to the city secretary by Tuesday.
“I am spearheading a group of concerned citizens who feel that the issue of whether alcohol should be banned on the rivers is something that should come before the community as a whole,” Krueger said. “We feel that the city council on Monday night failed to act in the way that the community as a whole would like.”
Councilman Robert Kendnck asked council to consider the ban this week. The proposed ordinance would have set up a central river business district on portions of the Guadalupe and Comal rivers inside the city limits. Then, the ordinance would have prohibited alcohol consumption and the possession of open alcohol containers in the business district.
Council decided to delay a vote on the issue until March in a close 4-3 vote. Instead, council decided to form a committee to explore solutions to problems on the river. The council also directed the police department to increase law enforcement on the rivers this
H-E-B in Bulverde
West Comal residents welcome store with open arms
From Staff Reports
BULVERDE — Picture a park. Stone walls. Walkways. Plenty of old oak trees in shady, sunken, landscaped islands.
The long-awaited Bulverde H-E-B, with its environmentally-friendly parking lot, opened in grand style Friday morning complete with marching band, dignitaries, cheerleaders and the mascot, H-E-B Buddy.
The parking lot is watered with recycled wastewater — of vital interest to the parched western Comal County community.
The modern, 62,000-square-foot supermarket with “the freshest baked goods in Texas” and all the other amenities, opened its doors to hundreds of customers.
Susie Stamatakos, 13, was the first shopper through the check stands and, after they cut the ribbon, said she does not think her family will shop for food in San Antonio anymore, and she is happy about that.
“It’s a lot more convenient,” the Spring Branch Middle School 8th grader said.
“My mom works at Rahe Primary School, so she can just stop by and get whatever she needs right here instead of going to San Antonio.”
Bulverde Mayor Bob Barton echoed that sentiment in his remarks.
“I don’t think FII be going down to Loop 1604 anymore,” Barton said. Loop 1604 was where Bulverde residents had to go to shop at H-E-B before the new store opened.
“It’s a beautiful store and an extraordinary event for us. Look — this store w ill be a trendsetter in terms of its architecture and landscaping. The whole facility is just magnificent.”
“It’s a really important, significant step in the development of this community,” said Bulverde Northwest mayor, Mal McClinchie.
H-E-B, founded 95 years ago in Kerrville, is the largest privately owned grocery chain in Texas,
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Nicholas Zaccaria, 3, entertained himself while a host of speakers welcomed Bulverde residents to the grand opening of the newest H-E-B Friday morning. H-E-B now has more than 175 supermarkets and nearly 90 “pantry” stores in Texas and Louisiana, as well as a handful of outlets in Mexico.
Your guide to New Braunfels
River conditions, weather, what to do, where to go, road work map.
The Limelighters perform this weekend at the Kerrville Wine and Music Festival.
Ultralight pilots revere time in the air
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
It’s 7 a m. on a Saturday, and Ronnie Stewart is preparing to go to church.
Only, he’s not buttoning up his best suit or wrestling with dress shoes that are too tight.
Instead, he puts a helmet on his head and tightens up the neck strap. Then he contorts his body into just the right angle needed to maneuver into his ultralight airplane.
He tunis the engine on and taxis quickly down a short runway at the Kitty Hawk Ultralight Flying Field in
Garden Ridge. He’s soon up in the air, the engine in the small plane humming
“I love flying before the sun comes up,” Stewart said. “That’s my church. I love to watch the sun come up in the
Stew art joins a number of other men, women and families who satisfy their desire to fly by piloting ultralight airplanes from Kitty Hawk, named after the town where Wilbur and Orville Wright flew the first airplane.
One sign describes the airstrip as the See PILOTS/10A
Paul Harst, of New Braunfels, rolls his ultralight aircraft out of the hangar on Aug. 26.
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