New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 23, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149, No. 233 18 pages in 2 sections September 23, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
Irene Bartels, this year’s honorary parade marshal, has been involved with the county fair for 60 years.
Fair parade marshal marks another first
By Betty Taylor Features Editor
Being first is nothing new to Irene Bartels. She was the first female director for the Comal County Fair Association and later became the first secretary for the association.
It only seems fitting that after having worked with the association for 60 years Bartels should serve as the first honorary parade marshal for the new millennium.
“I’m very flattered” Bartels said.
The 88-year-old said she saw early on how the Comal County Fair brought people together.
“People out in the country came into town for the fair,” she said. “I was from the country and knew those people. It (the fair) appealed to me.”
Bartels' first involvement with the fair was serving as chairman of handw ork (embroidery, crocheted pieces).
“I enjoyed working with people, seeing all the exhibits and helping to put them together,” she said.
In 1972, when vacancies opened on the fair association’s board of directors, Bartels was asked to fill a spot.
"All of the tobacco-chewing, funny-speaking directors thought it was going to cramp their style,” Bartels said. “There was some opposition, but it wasn’t bad. I guess they left the tobacco at home and used their language somewhere else. I enjoyed every year of it.”
Bartels served three years on the board of directors before taking the first secretarial position and serving in that position until 1991. In 1992, she was named a senior director.
The parade marshal said she enjoyed working with people she had "raised.” Several fair association members are referred to as her “children.”
“You know people like (County Judge) Danny Scheel — he is one of my boys,”
Water key to growth plans
By Ron Maloney
The county committee charged with examining growth-related issues and developing strategies for coping with them conducted its organizational meeting Friday.
The 13-member Waterwise Growth Study Committee appointed two Comal County representatives as committee cochairs, endorsed proposed new on-site sewage facility (OSSF) regulations and decided it needed more time to study new subdivision rules that w ill tie water availability to plat approvals.
The rules would also run up additional expenses for developers who would
have to hire an engineer to certify that water exists for a project and would have to pay for wells to test and monitor groundwater availability before any income is realized from a project.
Comal County Assistant District Attorney and county counsel Nathan Rheinlander and County Engineer Tom Homseth were unanimously appointed to head the group.
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 county time to study growth and water-related issues and come up with a program to address them.
The county’s highest concerns, County Judge Danny Scheel has said, include preserving the county’s quality of life — and protecting its aquifers.
“I think these issues are of utmost importance to Comal County,” Scheel See WATERWISE/10A
New Braunfels high’s dance team kicking up honors
By Jennifer Rodriguez
The Monoceras wanted a little respect, and last summer they kicked their way into getting some at a summer camp in South Padre.
Twenty different schools from around the state attended the weeklong American Dance and Drill Team camp, but by the end, it was all about the Monoceras.
“I didn't know what to expect,” Director Kellie Jackson said. “I was very excited for them and really proud.”
Five of them earned All-American honors; three others received honorable mentions; and the entire group won two Division I titles for their high kick and parade performances.
Topping off'their run, judges picked four Monoceras to fill half of eight coveted invitations to compete at Nationals.
"We worked really hard, so we knew that we would do really well,” Capt. Brittany Buckner said.
The New Braunfels High School dancers give a lot of credit to Jackson, who has been with the program for a year, for the success.
In less than a year, she turned the program on its ear and tuned the girls into a well-oiled machine.
“It’s a lot more disciplined and structured,” Buckner said. “I feel that we get more respect and admiration from tile community, because it looks like we know what we’re doing.”
To achieve that look, they practice for two hours before school every morning, and two afternoons a week.
Capt. Tiffany Hoffmann won an All-American title, and will compete at nationals.
She is in her second year with the Monoceras, and had to hear about her awards over the telephone.
“I felt more confident, because we spent most of our week working on
The Monoceras dance team regularly performs routines during halftime periods at New Braunfels High School football games. They recently took honors in competition at South Padre Island.
technique rather than just dance,” Hoffmann said.
Jackson stresses technique in and out of the gym. A strict demerit code covers composure, grooming and manners: wearing flip-flops or cracked nail polish does not fly on her watch.
“I want them to learn more than how kick to their face," Jackson said.
If it bothers any of the 22 dancers, they do not have much room to complain. Jackson went through everything she expects of them, and more.
“I still dance and study, and my degree is in dance and I think that makes a big difference,” Jackson said.
Jackson would do well to install a revolving door to the office, because the dancers pop in and out like rabbits. Sometimes, they want help tweaking a routine; sometimes, it seems they just want to be near her.
"I just fell in love with the school the people and the students. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work here,” Jackson said.
Brookshire, city near settlement agreement
By Jo Lee Ferguson
New Braunfels City Council will consider a proposed settlement agreement with Brookshire Homes Monday.
The city and Brookshire have wrangled for a number of months over homes Brookshire is building in the Meadow1 Creek subdivision off Pahmeyer Road.
The city claimed the homes violated city ordinance because they were not the same average value, size, type and construction as other homes in the area.
Brookshire sued New Braunfels as a result of the city’s efforts to
■ WHO; New
Braunfels City Council
■ WHAT: Regular meeting
■ WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday
■ WHERE: Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave.
make the company comply w ith its interpretation of the ordinance.
In August, a district judge granted an injunction against the city that allowed work to continue on 12 homes already under construction.
However, the judge did not grant an injunction that would have allowed Brookshire to start building other homes in die subdivision as originally planned.
The proposed settlement, if approved, would end Brookshire’s law suit against the city.
“The city off icials along w ith Brookshire Homes officials met earlier this week and arrived at an agreement that appears to be acceptable to everyone involved,” said T.J. Connolly, spokesman for Brookshire Homes. “It w ill require Brookshire Homes to build to standards in keeping w ith the goals the city has outlined previously, and it is going to allow Brookshire Homes and the Meadow Creek development to basically relaunch and remar-
Don your kilts for Days of Scots festival
By Carlos M. CHRISTIANSON
People of all ages are invited to take part in the 12th annual Days of the Scots Sept. 29-30 at John Knox Ranch in Fischer.
The two-day festival features the sights and sounds of ancient Scotland in the Texas I lift Country.
Three hundred acres of ranch land along the banks of the Blanco River just west of Wimberley have been reserved for the performers, merchants, cooks and educators who will give seminars on the Scottish culture.
Photo submittedThe Silver Thistle Pipes and Drums will perform during the 12th annual Days of the Scots.
Tex Rogers, publisher of The Southwest Scots, a quarterly magazine,
said the John Knox Ranch had always sponsored the Days of Scots because of its Presbyterian connections.
“John Knox was a leader of the Protestant movement in Scotland many years ago,” Rogers said. “He’s the one that drove Mary Queen of Scots off her throne.”
Activities will include performances by bagpipe and drum bands. Highland dancers, Scottish country dancers and singers, Highland athletics, clan gatherings and sheep dog demonstrations. Authentic Scottish food will be served See SCOTS/10A
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ike a look at Comal County Fairs gone by as long-time leaders of the fair association recall their favorite memories of this annual tradition. /Lifestyle