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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 21, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Newd —    Or Water Restrictions tnfoiQ i unities customers with addresses /ater today before 9 a.m. lation, call 608-8925 *Herald-Zeitung ■n.'T" 'Tr Vol. 149 No. 231 14 pages in 2 sections September 21» 2000 Thursday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Rabid bat found in NB garage Officials urge caution By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A bat found in a New Braunfels garage tested positive for rabies, public health officials report. The Texas Department of Health issued a rabies bulletin: for New Braunfels and For Help lf you see an animal behaving strangely or find a dead bat, do not touch it and call animal control officials immediately. In Comal County: 608-2016 In New Braunfels: 608-2183. Comal County Wednesday. Justin Henesey, a public health technician with the TDH in Uvalde, said a dead bat found in New Braunfels on Sept. 14 tested positive for the bat strain of rabies. It is the first reported case of rabies in Comal County this year. “A lady walked into her garage and noticed there was a dead bat lying there,” Henesey said. “She called animal control, they sent it off and it came back positive for rabies." Rabies is a virus that attacks the nervous system and is usually transmitted through a cut, scratch or bite or through mucous membranes of infected animals. Henesey said strains of rabies infect bats, dogs, foxes and skunks. Skunks are high-risk for rabies, he said. Rodents, See RABID BAT/8A United Way aims to continue funds for local Scouts By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer The United Way of Comal County is leaving decisions about who belongs in the recipe for American pie to politicians. Executive director Joe Rogers said the local ami of the United Way would continue giving money to the Boy Scouts of Comal County, regardless of the controversy surrounding the group s ban of gay troop leaders. Rogers’ group kicked off its fall fund-raising on Sept. 13 and hopes to raise $435,704. For at least 20 years, the United Way has given money to the Boy and Girl Scouts of Comal County. This year, it will give the Comal County Boy Scouts $10,000. “We don’t want to get involved in political things. (The United Way Hind) helps our kids, period, as well as our seniors and others,” Rogers said. Civil rights and gay and lesbian groups accused the Boy Scouts of discrimination because their policy forbids homosexuals from being scout leaders. A former troop leader sued the Boy Scouts. In a 5-4 vote this past June, the Supreme Court upheld that policy. See UNITED WAY/8A ROGERS Be it ever so Hummel NB Museum of Art retains past while taking leap of faith into future By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer About Get Mr. DeMille, because the New Braunfels Museum of Art is ready for its close-up. On Friday night the museum — formerly the Hummel Museum — plays host to a champagne reception from 7 p.m. to IO p.m. at 199 Main Plaza. Forget the old museum that was content housing those endearing little statuettes crafted by Sister M.I. Hummel. The new building has an urban, contemporary feel that does not drown out its roots: On the first floor, visitors can try to find the meaning in an eclectic mix of prints, photographs and statues; upstairs is reserved for the Hummel collection. “Not only do you see a new museum, but a new exhibit, a new store and the largest collection of Hummels in the world” said Charles Teeter, president of the museum board of directors. For seven years the old Museum showcased Hummers work, but shrinking revenues forced the board of directors to make some changes. “What we’re doing now is evolving from where we were. Financially, we were having severe problems,” Teeter said. Charlie Gallagher chaired the development committee and helped piece together an ambitious plan to turn the museum into a downtown centerpiece and eventually, a cultural center in the tri-county corridor between San Antonio and Austin. But it took a complete physical and spiritual overhaul of the Hummel to transform it into what it is today — a spacious gallery-style museum built on a business plan that relies on a constant, ordered upheaval. “We’re here to support local musicians as well as local artists,” Gallagher said. If they follow the plan, museum caretakers will integrate music and visual art into constantly changing exhibits. “We want to create something people will want to come to New Braunfels for when the river is low' and the weather is cold,” Teeter said. The first exhibit, titled “Uniquely Texas Icons,” highlights the work of living artists K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Charles Teeter, Charlie Gallagher and Charlene Rathbum stand ready to greet their critics Friday evening at the Museum’s grand opening. The event introduces a new look to New Braunfels’ Museum of Art, which will welcome support from the community. Exhibits now will change frequently in the museum, but the Hummel art exhibit will remain on the second floor. from New Braunfels and around the state and was pulled together in less than four months by independent curator Charlene Rathbum. “This is the premiere exhibit of the New Braunfels Museum of Art and it reflects what we want to be,” Teeter said. Future exhibitions will target folk art, Texas music and Texas songwriters and craft artists. Gallagher said the museum also wants to host workshops and would introduce younger patrons to art. Both Teeter and Gallagher stressed a need for more members and sponsorship. They hope to sign up at least 1,000 new museum members by the end of the year. ‘One, we need the cash. Two, we must demonstrate to foundations and corporate entities that we have community support,” Teeter said. Also, museum strategists hope a three-day music, arts and crafts festival will tantalize the city into freeing up some bed tax money. Meanwhile, they will focus on becoming an anchor in the downtown district, “lf we can involve the community and become a vital part of what makes New Braunfels a special place to visit and live, then we’re doing our part,” Gallagher said. New Braunfels Museum of Art 199 Main Plaza 625-5636 or (800) 456-4866 Fax 625-5966 Opening Reception From 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, the champagne reception will celebrate opening with music by Bret Graham and Michael O’Connor. Artists from “Uniquely Texas Icons” will attend Hours Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday Admission Adults $5 Seniors $4.50 Students (6-18) $3 Under 6 Free Tours (10ormore)$3 Members free Hummel Collection Exhibits the world’s largest collection of figurines inspired by the art of Sister M I. Hummel. Located on the second floor, the collection captures the innocence of childhood. Historical photographs and video documentary also tell the story of her art. Music Program Focusing on the rich talent of singer and songwriters in the “Texas Americana” music tradition. Programing surveys, documents and records the “roots" music that makes this region unique. Inside Abby......................... ......5A Classifieds................... ....3-6B Comics....................... .......8A Crossword................. .......5A Forum.......................... .......6A Local/Metro................. .......4A Movies......................... .......5A Obituaries................... .......3A Sports........................ ....1-2B Today.......................... .......2A Stocks............................. 5A www.herald zeitung com Key Code 76 Wursthalle gears up for auction By Ron Maloney Staff Writer They sold the Batmobile. They sold cars that belong to sports stars, rock stars and movie stars. They sold the fastest and most exotic production cars in the world — and they even sold cars that won the Indianapolis 500. This weekend, Kruse International is coming back to Wursthalle in New Braunfels to sell 250 rare, classic and exotic automobiles that run the gamut from a white 1957 “porthole” Ford T-Bird (featuring the very rare E-Code 312 VS engine topped by dual Holley 4bbl. carburetors) to the ultra-modern, ultrasophisticated and ultra fast 2000 Panoz Esperante. Included for sale will be Rolls Royces, Jaguars, Porsehes, Packards and Ferraris along with sports cars, hot rods, trucks and American “muscle” cars. The three-day auction begins at 6 p.m. Friday. Hours will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday; IO a m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and IO a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. A bidder’s card costs $40 and includes two general admission tickets. General admission tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. For anybody who might not have seen a Kruse auction, it should be quite a spectacle, said Cliff Wallace, advertising and promotions director for Kruse. “We sell them all,” Wallace said Wednesday. “You name it, we do it!” Kruse, the San Antonio-based international auctioneer of classic, collector and exotic autos, conducts 50 or so auctions each year, including two here. “The New Braunfels auctions are very good for us,” Wallace said.See AUTOS/8 A Photo SubmittedThis canary yellow 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air is among the 250 autos to go on the auction block this weekend at Wursthalle. Kruse Intl., a subsidiary of, will conduct the event. ______ ;