New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Nolan Leach performs one his trick rope acts while his mustang, Bravo, waits for his cue.
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ach finally gets perform at fair
him used to human touch, Nolan slowly trained the wild horse to tmst him and let him ride. After six months and countless hours of practice, the pair began performing in shows.
“I worked with Bravo a ton, but he’s also got a great personality,” he said. "They say in the horse training world that you can’t make chicken soup out of chicken poop, but you also get out of horses what you put in.”
Now that Bravo has mellowed to a laid-back perfumer, Nolan said he is free''to spend more time training other wild horses and practice stunts for his show. Other than horseback riding and trick roping, he is perfecting the arts of gun spinning, whip cracking, knife throwing ... even backflipping.
"I do a backflip as part of my performance,” he explained. "It s the same basic show as in Europe with a few neater stunts.”
Erie Leach, Nolan’s brother and manager, said the most
exciting thing about the show is the chance to show their friends and neighbors what he can do. He said Nolan’s only local performance was at a talent show in the Braun-tex Theatre.
“I le’s been all these places, but most of our local friends have only heard about what he does," he said. “This is the first time for locals to see him, for him to perform for a hometown crowd.”
Nolan said that he’s excited, but not at all nervous about Sunday’s performance. Ile said practice, faith and family are enough to get him through just about anything. Erie Leach accompanies him to take care of publicity and music, while their 12-year-old sister, Kara, keeps Bravo looking good,.
"I’ve got the routine worked out pretty good.” he said. "I figure I’ve put in my time and 1 11 just leave it up to God.”
Teri Leach said she still gets nervous for her son, but knows he’s not alone in front of the audience.
“As soon as he gets on Bravo, he calms down,” he said. “I always feel like he’s out in the arena by himself, I think he feels that he can go anywhere as long as Bravo is with him.”
Manufacturing industry rebounds in New Braunfels
By Leigh Jones
Some of New Braunfels’ largest employers have been its quietest corporate citizens, but that is changing.
The city’s manufacturing industry has found its voice, and its members are speaking out for the betterment of the community, sponsoring scholarships and improving its image through the New Braunfels Manufacturing Association.
Past President George Bal, the advertising manager at Detex, said the group's goal was to promote its members in the community.
"We want to present ourselves in a positive way in supporting growth and education in New Braunfels," he said.
Since the group experienced a resurgence in membership during the last few years, it has provided four scholarships for local students.
At first, the academic awards targeted high school students, but once the Central Texas Technology Center opened, the group began looking for technical trainees to sponsor.
“Students can go from there directly into the industrial workforce,” Bill said.
The group also considers students seeking higher education degrees in sales, mar
keting and management as ancillary professions necessary in the industrial field.
Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Corporation Director Rusty Brockman has worked hard to get the group back on track with monthly meetings and networking opportunities. His goal was to create economic development partners.
“Our existing companies are great advocates for New Braunfels for prospective businesses,” he said.
The association also helps local community representatives stay in touch with issues important to industry.
At next month’s meeting, state Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, will speak to the group, and she ll also listen.
"We try to make our presence felt in local organizations, like the chamber, and we keep up with what goes on in city government,” Bill said.
When they’re not looking outward, the group’s members focus their attention on each other, sharing resources and solving common problems.
The New Braunfels Manufacturing Association was founded in the late 1970s. After declining membership in the late 1990, the group has grown to 40 members at its monthly meetings.
Cardinals diary reveals details of papal conclave
VATICAN CITY (AP) — A cardinal has broken his vow of secrecy and released his diary describing the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI, revealing in an exceedingly rare account that a cardinal from Argentina was the main challenger and almost blocked Benedict’s election.
Excerpts of the diary, published Friday, show Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger led in each of the four ballots cast in the Sis-tine Chapel during the mystery-shrouded April 18-19 conclave. But, in a surprise, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a Jesuit, was in second place the whole time.
Most accounts of the conclave have said retired Milan archbishop Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini was the main challenger to Ratzinger, who became Benedict XVI after his election, and that a Third World pope was never realistically in the running.
While Bergoglio never threatened Ratzinger’s lead — and made clear he didn’t want the job, according to the diary published in the respected Italian foreign affairs magazine Limes — his runner-up status could signal the next conclave might elect a pope from Latin America, home to half the worid’s I billion Roman Catholics.
The diary of the anonymous cardinal is also significant because it shows that
Ratzinger didn’t gamer a huge margin — he had 84 of the 115 votes in the final ballot, seven more than tile required two-thirds majority.
His two immediate predecessors, Pope John Paul II and Pope John Paul I, are believed to have garnered 99 and 98 votes respectively, and that was when there were only 111 voting cardinals.
“It does seem that somebody wants to indicate that the conclave was a more complex process than was being depicted and that Benedict’s mandate was not a slam dunk,” said David Gibson, a former Vatican Radio journalist who is writing a biography of Benedict.
Finally, the diary includes a few surprises, including a vote in the final ballot for Cardinal Bernard Law, forced to resign as Boston archbishop because of the church sex abuse scandal.
And it offers other colorful insights of what went on behind the scenes during the two days the 115 red-hatted princes of the church were sequestered in the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican’s Santa Marta hotel to select the 265th leader of the Catholic Church.
Because the hotel prohibits smoking, Portuguese Cardinal Jose Policarpo da Crux would sneak outside for an after-dinner cigar, the diary says. And Cardinal Walter Kasper shunned the minibuses
that shuttled cardinals to the Sistine Chapel, preferring to walk by the Vatican gardens instead.
“Sunday, April 17: In the afternoon I took over my room at the Casa Santa Marta. I put down my bags and tried to open the blinds because the room was dark. I wasn’t able to. One of my fellow brothers asked a nun working there, thinking it was a technical problem. She explained they were sealed. Closure of the conclave...” the diary begins.
The published diary entries were interspersed with commentary from Vadcan journalist Lucio Brunelli, who says he obtained the diary through a trusted source he had known for years. He told The Associated Press he spoke in Italian to his source — a hint the cardinal in question was Italian.
Brunelli says he couldn’t identify the author because of the vow of secrecy each cardinal took before entering the conclave. Punishment for violating the vow is excommunication.
In Buenos Aires, a spokesman for the archdiocese, Enzo Paoletta, said Bergoglio had no comment on the report.
Nothing official is ever recorded from conclaves and the ballots are burned in the Sistine Chapel stove — ashes that signal to the world through white smoke or black whether a pope has been elected.
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