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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 14, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Inside Opinion............J...................  4A Sports Day.......,........................1-6B Marketplace............................3-12C Dear Abby.................................5A llrthday wliht from tho NonikkZoltyng! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: John Dterksen Monday), Dong Krause (Monday), Carmen Espinosa, Crux Gomez, Casey Sauls, Barbara Wheeler, Armando DeLaGarza Monday), Judy (leyden (Monday), Shirley Janke (Saturday), Tommy Riesling (Saturday), Viclde Brown (Saturday), Hertha Waldschmidt (107 years belated), Al Frkke Jr. (Saturday) and Carlos Martinez Sr. (42 years Saturday). Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Arnold and Alma Nehrig 65 years) and Charles and Jewel Jordan (66 years Monday). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. WajeUP Portly cloudy skioo through Thursday Today — Partly cloudy. Isolated afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms southeast. Highs in the 90s. Lows in the lower and mid-70s. Monday — Partly cloudy. Isolated afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the 90s. Lows in the lower and mid-70s. Through Thursday — Partly cloudy with a slight chance of mainly afternoon and evening showers or thunderstorms. Highs in the 90s. Lows in the lower and mid-70s. Congressman** staff to help residents A member of Congressman Lamar Smith’s staff will be in Saltier Wednesday to assist Comal County residents with problems or questions they may have involving federal agencies or programs. Shelby Graves will be available to meet with constituents from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Canyon Lake Action Center. No appointment is necessary. Usa naw address for mail to McKsmta McKenna Memorial Hospital now has a new address. The old address, 143 E. Garza St., has changed to 600 N. Union Ave. County recycles ussd Tired of looking at a stack of old telephone books? Comal County’s recycling center, 4755 Texas 46 West, accepts telephone books and is open from 8 a m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Other items accepted are: No. 1 and 2 plastics, tin cans, aluminum cans, clear glass, brown glass, newspa pers, magazines, junk mail, brown bags, corrugated cardboard and chipboard. Outdoer summer (un cowing to a door The days for enjoying loca recreation attractions are winding down. The Olympic Pool and Spring-fed Pool in Landa Park are closed for the year. The Tube Shoot at Prince Sol ms Park will be open weekends only, weather permitting The miniature golf course now is only open from 10 a m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays, weather permitting. The Landa Park paddle boats are open from 10 a m. to 7 p m only on weekends until October. For more information, call the parks department at 608-2160 Schlitterbahn Waterpark wit be closed for the winter atte today. For more information, cal 625-2351. New Braunfels Herald 32 pages in four sections I Sunday, September 14,1997 sunday co? io/??/??........ 7A    0 n l ocnrinsi v‘>' ■*v,u _ rn*. Serving the Comal County area for nrx^re than 145 years ■ Home of John Dferkaen Vol. 145, No. 218 — — — Commission to submit flag design unchanged By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor After a short discussion, the New Braunfels Historic Landmark Commission voted unanimously Thursday to leave its city flag design as is. “We’re going to submit it and recommend that they approve it as the city flag,” said chairman Carol Belton. City Manager Mike Shands sent the proposal back to the commission at the end of August for reconsideration after his office received calls about the lack of Hispanic representation in the design. The commissioners did not design the flag; they merely adopted it, said commissioner Luke Speckman. “That was the flag that flew in Landa Park for the 150th (celebration)... the only thing we added was ’City of New Braunfels’ at the top and the founding date on the bottom.” The emblem on the flag w as designed in 1842 or 1843, as a seal stamped on the contracts of the German Immigrant Society members before about 3,000 of them came to New Braunfels, commissioner Iris Schumann said. The proposed flag, then, symbolizes the unique way the city of New Braunfels was founded — intentionally, with a great number of people deciding to immigrate and create a town, Schumann said. “There are not a lot of cities or towns in the state of Texas that were formed the way ours is. That’s the heart of this whole thing," said Schumann. Depicting the town’s founding on the flag was a way to instill unity, she said. Turn to Rag, Page 5A The stamp on German Immigrant Society documents appears on the proposed city flag. This document hangs at the Sophienburg Museum. Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Damall The end of an era Casted plans law practice with son Barron By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer When County Judge Carter Casteel relinquishes her position at the end of 1998, it will be a time of adjustment for all concerned. She win have to acgtsrto no looper being the head of tbs county government, and her colleagues will have to adjust to seeing someone else sit behind her desk. Casteel, in a press conference Friday morning, announced that she would not seek re-election. Instead, she will spend more time with family and go into a law partnership with her son, Barron. Making the announcement was not easy for Casted, who was flanked by family members. Her term will end Dec. 31,1998. “I know I’m going to miss this,” she said with a breaking voice. “It’s going to be really tough for me not to be in this position.” While Casteel is adjusting to a life outside county government, local leaders will be adjusting to seeing someone else in the big office on the third floor of the courthouse annex. “I’m going to miss her,” said Commissioner Moe Schwab. “She’s easygoing and in control of every situation, whether it’s adversarial or congenial.” Other commissioners touted the judge’s leadership qualities. Commissioner Danny Scheel said the county flourished under her admims- HeraW-Zeitung photo by feflchael Oamall Comal County Judas Carter Casted sate hor watch before bar crass conference Friday announcina her plans not to asak another term. tration. Services improved while the tax rate remained in check, ami the county experienced great economic growth, he said. As both a commissioner and a tax payer, he said he appreciated the outstanding job she did “I tried to persuade her to change her mind up until (Thursday),” he said. “I think, or I hope, that I will have the opportunity to work with her indirectly in the coming years.” Scheel, who Casteel has encour aged to run for her seat, said the judge was a great leader. He said Casteel kept the bickering and back-stabbing out of the commissioners courtroom. “Our united front we present as a commissioners court is largely due to her influence,” he said. Commissioner Jack Dawson expressed his disappointment in Casteel’s decision. ‘To be honest with you. I’m very upset she will not be running ... because she’s a solid person to lead the county as county judge,” said Commissioner Jack Dawson. “It’s going to be a void there’s no doubt about it.” Local Republican party chairman Don Hensz said rumors had been circulating about her bid for re-election. He said that although she would be missed politicians did not stay in the same office for a long time. He said it might not be easy, but there were good people in the county who could fill the position. Turn to , Page5A Teacher shares joy of reading with generations By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer After years of bringing joy, an encouraging word and a caring touch to hundreds of children, Margaret Bra-zle retired as an elementary teacher in 1996. She taught for 27 years at Goodwin Primary. Brazle had been a teacher for 29 years, with two of those years teaching in Kansas. While at Goodwin Ele-mentary, Brazle taught fifth-grade her first year, first-grade and pre-first, a grade for students who were too young to enter the first grade after completing kindergarten. The program emphasized leadership skills. Brazle worked as a special education resource teacher, specializing in language and reading skills. Though Brazle no longer is in the classroom, the children she inspired have not forgotten her. “She was very one-to-one with the students, almost like a mother,” said former student Jackie Mercer. “I learned a lot from her during those early years. She stuck with my memory as my first-grade teacher. She has a place in heart.” Mercer, 31, sees Brazle often. She works as a legal assistant for Brazle's son, Ken, who has a law Firm in New Braunfels. Brazle, 59, is still active as a volunteer with Friends of the Library , which supports Dmlinger Memorial Library. Brazle said her fondest memories were reading to children in her classroom. “I liked to read to them just because I hired to watch the expressions on their faces and because they got enthused about it,” she said. “The first step to getting them to read is to read to than.” . She said she liked to ga children excited about reading because she believed it was one of the moat impor- HeraW-Zertung photo tty Michael Darnall Margaret Brute continua* hor lifelong dedication to reading by vokm-tearing with Frtenda of th* Library. tam things children should learn. “I think all children can learn to read,” Brazle said. “We can find a way to help them to read. I think one of the most frustrating things is that most of the time they (children) would know a word one day and the next day they wouldn’t be able to read the same word on the same page. I kept working on it and giving them confidence and praise.” Brazle had advice for parents of small children who were ready to learn Turn to Teacher, Page 6A Project KISS participants pool ideas By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY — About 50 Canyon Lake residents attended the fifth annual Project KISS (Kids in Safe Surroundings) public meeting Thursday to hear plans from youth sports organizations concerning the development of Canyon Lake’s newest recreational park. The meeting, conducted by supporters of the Canyon Lake Community Youth Recreation Center (Project KISS), was conducted at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative auditorium. Representatives from the Canyon Lake Youth Soccer Association, the Canyon Lake Little League Association, the West Comal-Northern Bexar Pop Warner League. Project KISS and horseshoe pitchers made presentations on what they plan to do once they get their sub-leases secured with the county and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding Hidden Valiev Sports Park. The 47-acre park, which currently has a perimeter fence surrounding it. will be located behind Canyon Dam on South Access Road. County engineer Tom Homseth. chairman of Comal County Parks Advisory Committee, said the county is waiting for the Corps to approve developmental plans before the county could start developing the park. The park sits on Corps of Engineers land. Commissioners Court has already approved a lease for the park with all the sub-leasees - the soccer association. Little League and Pop Warner — included. The Project KISS sub-lease is being handled separately since it is considered a major change to the county’s lease with the Corps, Homseth said. Draft plans for the park include five baseball fields. 11 soccer fields, two football fields and the 14,000-square-foot facility. Each organization would provide the materials and funds to build and operate the recreational fields. Soccer association president Gary Sendejo said the park would prov tde a permanent home for children to play. “The need for a facility is great,” Sendejo said. "The youth now need a facility in a safe place, this will provide it.” Little League president Brent Blosser said the new fields at the park would enable Canyon Lake Little League to host district and national baseball tournaments, bringing many players and parents to the Canyon Lake area. He said each organization that has a vested interest in the park should come together for the benefit of the community. “We can ga in there as a collective group and get a whole lot done instead of just one organization doing it,” Bossa said. Pop Warner representative Janice Vickers said her league stretched from Turn to KISS, Page 2AReading opens worlds of possibilities to Indiana farm boy — Page 4A ;