New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 17, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
By Ron Maloney
Comal County commissioners Thursday were told the most important part of establishing a local roadbuilding authority
would be involving the public in the process.
It could prove difficult.
In spite of advance radio and newspaper publicity, only six people attended Thursdays com
missioners' court to learn about the reasons for starting a Regional Mobility Authority or how it might be done The authority would be responsible for planning and
financing transportation projects in this area It would have authority to issue tax-free bonds to be repaid by tolls.
Mike I Ieiligenstein, executive director of the Central Texas
Regional Mobility Authority in Travis and Williamson counties, told commissioners they would have to show voters that an RMA is the only way the county could count on funding for road
projects in a time of ever-tightening state and federal budgetary constraints — and ever-increasing demand for roads.
See RMA, Page 2A
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Bandstand receives donation for renovation
By Leigh Jones
By the time the Main Plaza Bandstand turns IOO next summer, it should have an improved outlook, thanks in part to a $30,000 donation from 11-E-B.
The money will go toward a $225,000 restoration project organized by a partnership between the Qty of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Main Street Partners.
The project will be funded through . donations from
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“'Hie city was not unwilling to pay for the restoration,” Unhurt- Kist tier said. “But when it was built, it was paid for by the community. This is an icon of New Braunfels, and it’s important that the
See BANDSTAND, Page 2A
Local couple welcomes Kazakhstani teenager into family, life
The Holley family, (left) Will, Van, Joy and Elena, relax and enjoy a game of Skip Bo together.
Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung
By Leigh Jones
When Joy and Van Holley agreed to host a Kazakhstani teenager for one month last summer, they had no idea it would be a lifetime commitment.
Elena was one of 29 children who journeyed to America in search of a family willing to adopt them.
“The goal was to find all of them a forever home,” Joy said.
But the I lolleys did not think they were good candidates—with three grown children, seven grandchildren and a 13-year-old adopted son, Will, their plates were frill.
That ail changed when Elena stepped off the plane in Houston.
“As soon as I saw her, I knew she would be my daughter,” Joy said.
THE SHORT VISIT
As they drove from I louston back home to New Braunfels, Van kept an eye on their visitor in the back seat and wondered what she might be thinking. Although she grew up in Kazakhstan’s capital city, Almaty, Elena had lived a sheltered life.
“There were so many things she had never done, like swimn ling in a [xxii or riding a bike," Joy said. “She wanted to do it all while she was here.”
The Holleys spent their month with Elena never very far from their translation books. Communication was cumbersome because Elena did not speak English, and Van, Joy and Will did not speak Russian.
But she only needed to learn five words to guarantee a return trip.
"She said, ‘Mama, Papa, EJena love you,’" Van said. “That’s when we decided we had to bring her home.”
THE LONG WAIT During the next year, the I lolleys learned the adoption decision was much easier than the adoption reality.
Before they could start filling out mountains of paperwork, Joy and Van had to send Elena back to the orphanage.
“It was terrible to put her back on the plane,” Joy said. “We were so emotionally spent that we couldn’t even drive home that night. We got a
After getting scratched in a play fight like all siblings have, Will Holley decides sister Elena needs to have her nails clipped.
hotel room and stayed in I louston.
I Hiring their separation, the I lolleys sent Elena messages through a missionary who worked with the orphans. I Ie was able to translate for them when they chilled her on Sundays while she
was attending his Bible study.
Joy and Van were so hopeful she would be home by Christmas they bought her presents to put under the
See FAMILY, Page 3A
NEW BRAUNFELS PRESBYTERIAN
■ Pastor. Ken Peters
■ Denomination: Presbyterian Church USA
■ Attendance: 250
■ Meeting time: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday
■ Location: 373 Howard St.
■ Phone: 625-5141
■ Worship style: traditional
■ To proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and to maintain a standard of Christian life and worship that is acceptable to God and encouraging to other people.
Kids Day Out program
By Leigh Jones
Suzie Wilkerson has a big job working with a lot of little people at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church.
Wilkerson oversees learning opportuni ties and fun activities for 91 children enrolled in the church’s Kids Day Out program.
Although her program is not the only one available to New Braunfels parents, Wilkerson said the children, between 6 months and 5 years old, benefit from a dose relationship with the church.
“We have a wonderful program,” she said. “Our pastor works closely with the kids, it’s bringing children into a Christian environment.”
KTX) was started in 1997 to be a community outreach program, but today, its classes contain a mixture of community and church children.
The increase in church children in KOO follows a change in the church’s member
“We have always had a good mix of members’ ages,” Pastor Ken Peters said. “But now we have an increase in young families.”
Peters attributed die growth to the general growth in die area and die congregation’s welcoming attitude.
Wilkerson and her husband experienced the same warm friendship on their first visit to the church 20 years ago.
“We found a home here instantly, the first time we came” she said. "We’ve grown larger over the years, but our friendly atmosphere has not changed.”
Growth is a hot topic of discussion at NBPC. After putting up with months of construcdon, the congregation finally is able to stretch out in new facilities.
The $1.4 million expansion project included a 6,500 square-feet addition of classroom, office and storage space. It also covered refurbishment of the
Se© CHURCH, Page 2A
New Braunfels Presbyterian Church Pastor Ken Peters is already preparing for the church's 50th anniversary in April.
CISD Community Education department provides afterschool care for students.
Hendd-Zeitung will feature a different house of worship.