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tember 27,1995 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas ta more than 143 years ■ Home of KUTH VICKROY
Vol. 143, No. 228Inside
Birthday wishes from the Herald-ZeStung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Keith Vickroy, Rill Gutierrez, Ramon Herrera, Renee Murphy, and Krystal Rae Farias. Happy 10th anniversary to Kathy and Keith Vickroy.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -270 cubic-feet-per-sec., same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer — 624.86 feet above sea level, same.
Guadalupe River — 170 c.f.s.German choral groups to gather here
More than 300 singers from around the state will gather for the 1995 Saengerfest at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Saenger-halle. The Gemischter Chor Har-monie of New Braunfels welcomes German choral groups from around the state to this Sesquicentennial event.Hermann Sons Lodge to meet
The New Braunfels Hermann Sons Lodge #21 will have its meeting Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. at the lodge hall. Meat furnished. Members bring a covered dish.M.S. support group to meet
The New Braunfels Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets at Ryan's Thursday, Sept. 28 at noon.New Orleans Night in Gruene
The Gruene Mansion Restaurant and the American Cancer Society Gala Planning Committee are hosting New Orleans Night in Gruene, Tuesday. Oct. 17 from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
The Cajun-style dinner buffet will include shrimp etouffee, dirty rice with sausage, blackened chicken, complimentary beer and wine and more. The event will benefit the ACS, and help underwrite the 1996 Starlight Gala. Seating is limited, so reserve your tickets by calling 629-6153 or 606-4115.Aggie Moms meet
Comal County Aggie Moms will meet on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in the New Braunfels High School Library.
Members are asked to bring items for the Goody Bags, and sign up to work on the Cookie Bake.Cancer support group meets
The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28, in the North Building of Victoria Bank and Trust, 1000 N. Walnut.
lf you have any questions call the ACS at 629-5717.Literacy tutor training
Adult Literacy of Comal County will hold a tutor training workshop Oct. 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Oct. 7 from 8 a m. to 3:30 p m for people interested in tutoring non-readers or low level readers.
Registration deadline is Sept 29. For information, call VerNell Martinez at 625-9480.
Ifs time for the Comal County Fair
Who loves a parade?Everyone in this town
By DENISE DZIUK
It’s fair time again, and that means thousands of people will be on hand to enjoy the Comal County Fair Parade. However, officials said that slight changes in the organization of the parade many throw people off, and want them to be aware of the changes before they arrive on Friday.
Danny Scheel, co-chair of the parade, said the pet parade will begin at the Wuest’s parking lot on San Antonio Street at 9:45 a.m. Friday, and is open to anyone who wants to participate. He said entrants should be at the location by 8:30 a.m. and tell Sharon Tate they would like to be in it.
“This is a parade for kids. They can put ribbons on their dogs or fill a wagon with a litter of kittens and put it in a parade,” he said.
The main parade will begin at West San Antonio and Santa Clara streets at IO a.m. Scheel said people in the parade can arrive whenever they want, but need to go to the information booth at the old H-E-B parking lot, where the can gobbler used to be. He said participants need to come to the booth to check-in, and receive a number for their entries. Scheel said the number correlates to a roster that the cable television broadcasters have, so they can tell what each entry is.
“The number on your card doesn’t mean that’s the order you’re in. It’s on a first come, first serve basis. They can come at 9:15 a.m. as long as they don’t mind being the hundredth person in line down the street,” said Scheel. “As long as you’re on the right street, you’re okay.”
However, there will be a slight change this year.
Scheel said that because they have access to the complete old H-E-B parking lot, the entries will be a little more compressed, and not spread over as many streets as in past years. He said this will also make the parade go smoother because it will be easier to get people in the lineup.
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people to look at the map they receive and check with the information booth to find out where they’re supposed to be,” he said.
Scheel said residents are reminded not to park private cars on San Antonio, Santa Clara, Sycamore, and Willow streets because entries will be lining up on the streets.
Scheel said 15-20,000 people will be on hand to watch the parade, and parking will not be allowed on San Antonio Street on the morning of the parade. The police will be blocking it off.
The four categories being judged will be: local organization floats, school organizations, visiting town
festivals and fairs, and best sesquicentennial float. He said the parade is expected to last about two hours, and entries should continue across the Comal River bridge before disbanding.
H.E. Easy Hall will be the parade Grand Marshall. State Sen. Jeff Wentworth and State Rep. Judith Zaffmni will be in the parade, as well as local officials and dignitaries The flags will be put out courtesy of the American Legion Association, and the Noon Lions Club is providing the volunteers to man the intersections. Scheel said there are about 200 entries in the parade, which is slightly higher than usual.
This weekend should turn out to be ideal for the 1995 Comal County Fair, which for the first time boasts a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo.
Doug Miller, Comal County Fair Association president, said he is expecting a large crowd this weekend. He said the PRCA rodeo should draw a larger crowd than usual, and improved access to drink and dance tickets should make things easier and allow people to enjoy the fair even more. Miller said the weather is also expected to be working in favor of the fair.
“We’re placing our order early for (good weather), and it looks like our order is going to be filled,” he said.
He said the fair is also a great event because it provides an opportunity for the community to gather, and enjoy each other’s company.
“ It’s like a big homecoming reunion for thousands of people in town,” said Miller. “It’s a chance to renew old acquaintances, and create new ones.”
The following is just a glimpse of what the fair has to offer to someone looking for a fun way to spend the weekend at the Comal County Fair Grounds on Common Street.
Wednesday, Sept. 27: “Night in Old New Braun
Dance Contest 8:30-8:45 p.m.
Bohemian Dutchmen 7-11 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 28:
Rodeo 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 29:
Pet Parade 9:45 a.m. (downtown) I
Fair Parade IO a.rft. (downtown)
Local High School Bandsl-3:45 p.m.
Dan McCoy 4-6 p.m.
Jay Erie and Blieder’s Creek 8-midnight
Rodeo 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept 30:
Chili Cook-off 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dan McCoy 1-3 p.m.
Wimberly Fire Ants 3-6 p.m.
Kinder Tanzen, Sue Schwab 6-7 p.m.
Quarter Moon 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Rodeo 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct I:
Children’s best western dress contest 4-6:30 p.m.
Jazz Cowboys 1-3 p.m.
Ed Kadleceic & the Village Band 3-5 p.m.
Carlene Walker 7-11 p.m.
Livestock, poultry, baked goods, canning, preserving, clothing. art and crafts, and photography will also be on display and judged during the fair.
There will be a carnival, games, food and drinks available throughout the fair for everyone to drop by and enjoy.Cleanup of derailed train continues
By DAVID DE KUNDER
Marion Volunteer Fire Department Chief Roger Scheffel said the cleanup 6f last Tuesday’s train derailment should be over with as soon as possible.
“Joe Singer of Earth Worth Environmental of Albuquerque (New Mexico) will be coming here on Wednesday and start supervising the cleanup,” Scheffel said. “The work crews will come in and get the products out of the cars and cut up the cars if they need to be salvaged.”
Scheffel briefed the Marion City Council on Monday on the progress of the train derailment cleanup. The accident occurred at 8:40 p.m. last Tuesday when 14 boxcars derailed. There were no hazardous chemicals or materials on the train cars and no one was injured. Silica sands, plastic pellets, fertilizer and dry goods were the products the train was carrying when it derailed. The train was traveling from Houston to California.
Scheffel described the cause of the accident to the council.
“The car behind the engine jumped the tracks a mile out of town,” Scheffel said. “When the train came into town, the car hit the switch, derailing the other cars.”
Scheffel praised the efforts of Southern Pacific Railroad in getting the situation under control. Southern Pacific worked all night and the early morning hours to get the tracks reopened by noon the next day.
“The railroad was very responsible working cm the accident,” Scheffel said. “The two of us had a very cooperative relationship.”
Scheffel was thankful that there were no serious injuries.
“We are very fortunate that there were no injuries during the derailment or the cleanup,” Scheffel said. “There were no potential hazards to the citizens.”
Mayor Glenn Hild said good things about the fire and police departments handling of the situation.
“I like to commend the volunteer fire department and the officers for everything they did,” Hild said. “When I arrived, they had everything secured on the scene. The railroad was very cooperative. Things went really well. It could have been better if we could have detoured the traffic, but we did not have the manpower to do that. I saw a hell of a performance by the fire department and the police department I appreciated their efforts.”
Centuries-old German tradition continues Sunday at Saengerhalle
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Lovers of choral music and/or German culture — mark Sunday, Oct. I on your calendar now. That’s when the 1995 Saengerfest brings more than 300 singers from around the state to join the New Braunfels Gemischter Chor Harmonic in a centuries-old German tradition.
“Singing was always a part of the life of the early New Braunfels settlers,” said Agnes Lehmann, Gemischter Chor Harmonic president. “They soon established singing societies as they knew them in Germany.”
The first ever Texas Saengerfest was held in New Braunfels on Oct. 15 and 16, 1853. H. Seele, F. Moureau. G. Eisenlohr, J. Eggeling and F. Muller organized that first event, Lehmann said.
The current Gemischter Chor Harmonic has continued uninterrupted as a group since 1937, Lehmann said.
The Saengerfest has music ranging from folk songs to German composers like Beethoven and Schubert — all sung in German. “Each choir has its own flag,” Lehmann said. “And each time the choir sings in an event it is given a different color of silky ribbon to attach to the flagpole."
The choirs with their flags fluttering with
In 1952 New Braunfels Gemischter Chor Harmonic was already 15 years old.
Photo courtesy of the Sophienburg Archives
colored ribbons recall European pageantry dating back centuries. The Saengerfest ends with the ceremonial presentation of ribbons for this concert.
The Comal County Community Band joins the German choirs and opens the musical event. Coffee and homemade cakes and other beverages will be available.
Participants in the Saengerfest are the Anon Maennerchor of Fredericksburg, the Austin Saengerrunde Maennerchor and Damenchor,
the Beethoven Gemischter Chor of San Antonio, the Hermannssohn Gemischter Chor of Fredericksburg, the Heimatmelodie of Corpus Chnsti, the Gemischter Chor Harmonic of New Braunfels, the San Antonio Liederkranz. and Chorgemeinschaft Texas, a statewide group which includes singers from Houston and Dallas societies.
The Saengerfest begins at 2 p m. Sunday, Oct. I at the Saengerhalle at 187 Sauer Lane Admission is $2.
Schmitz Hotel opens its doors again tomorrow
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The Schmitz Hotel has been fully reclaimed from the pigeons — and New Braunfels can see what’s behind the newly renovated facade tomorrow.
The community is invited to an open house Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., said Mary Elizabeth Sirianni, of S and S Properties.
Visitors can tour the two upstairs apartments which are yet to be rented, said Main Street Director Karen “K. C.” Crandall. They each have one bedroom and one bath.
The other apartments were rented without
having to advertise, Sinanni said.
Two retail shops will occupy the street-level space at the Schmitz. Designer Dawn Jackson will open “The Front Porch.” The other retail space will probably be filled by an apparel store, Sinanni said.
Guests will be able to sample wine and cheese as they stroll through the renovated hotel, Sinanni said. The building’s history, from the 1800s to the present, will also be on display.
“Restoration basically started in January, but we’ve been working on putting this together since August of last year,” she said.
Among those who cooperated to make it all
happen were Sinanni, developer Jim Hardy and owner Constance Porter, Sirianni said. “She’ll be here from New York for the opening,” she said. Porter “fell in love with the Schmitz building,” Crandall said, and is interested in the potential of downtown New Braunfels.
Now reinforced with steel beams, the building is as strong as it is beautiful, Sinanni said. “When we started on the project, more than one of us wouldn’t stand in the same area for fear of falling through the floor,” she said.
“This is going to be a big step in the revitalization of downtown,” Crandall said.For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.