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Dealing artfully with death

Dealing artfully with death

The impetus for the project came in the winter of last year. "Peter geisenhofer from the klein funeral home asked me if i could make an urn for him." An urn? This is something that habfurt artist barbara grohling has really not had to deal with in the past 30 years of her work.

But why not: the clay artist began to research and quickly discovered that artistic urns are in vogue all over the world – and cost quite a bit. The number of burnings is finally increasing all over germany. However, she does not want to and will not earn a lot of money with her urns. The pieces have been on display for several weeks in the window of the habfurt funeral home klein. Often passers-by stop in front of it and admire the filigree art – but no urn has been bought yet. Barbara grohling takes it calmly. She is interested above all in the artistic aspect. How to approach the topic in form and symbolism? "Kitsch is not mine. I like simple and clear forms", she explains. The female dove of peace is the ultimate in romance – a heart or a rose would be too kitschy for her.

Barbara grohling has – theoretically – found her favorite piece in a simple, square urn. "This is my home, she says – and laughs. Quite pragmatically, she explains that the urns were made of stoneware and were fired at a temperature of 1215 degrees celsius. So they are extremely durable and frost-resistant – works of art and final resting places for eternity.

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Neubauer’s passionate fight against the death of the inns

neubauer's passionate fight against the death of the inns

In the disco it happened, of all places. Marion from the castell district of wustenfelden met friedhelm neubauer from wiesenbronn. Back then, almost 30 years ago, the course was set for marion’s future as a hostess in the "schwarzer adler" country hotel and wine inn put.

Following her apprenticeship as a butcher, marion trained to become a hotel manageress. "I never minded working weekends", says the 44 year old with a happy smile. "I love my job." But over the years, unfortunately, it has become harder rather than easier: "the death of the pub has its reasons."

Every third village in bavaria no longer has an economy. Tendency increasing. "A village guesthouse has a hard time today", explains marion neubauer. Go-cart parties, bar tables – everything that used to fill the rooms well is dying out. "15 or 20 years ago the pub culture was quite different." Just sitting together, talking, eating something "that doesn’t exist in that form anymore".

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Thanks to the guardian association: a new trampoline for the playground

Thanks to the guardian association: a new trampoline for the playground

The expansion of the playground in baiersdorfer strabe was one of the topics discussed by the municipal council at its most recent meeting. A trampoline and a new water feature are to be purchased here.
"Last year, the gentian guardian association dissolved, the money went to the municipality. The guardian association wanted this to finance the trampoline", reports mayor ludwig nagel () pleased. Three bids were received for the match tickets. The most favorable of these, amounting to 10580 euros, was that of the company eibe from rottingen, which was then also commissioned by the town council to procure the equipment. The grant from the guardian association amounts to 4800 euros.
Since the previous contract with the company pato concept, which is responsible for the billposting in the municipality, has expired, the board had to decide "whether to renew the contract or whether to adopt a statute for it as other municipalities", said nagel.

Less work for the community

In addition, alexander kursawe of pato concept pointed out that they had taken care to remove illegal posters that were still hanging up until 2012. In addition, care will be taken to ensure that all billposting sites are traffic-safe. The advantage for the municipality of hemhofen is that an external service provider takes over both the office work and the billposting work, and the municipality does not have to do any work. "Another advantage is that the clubs in the municipality have a guaranteed free quota and it is favorable for medium-sized businesses to advertise", according to kursawe. "The free contingent for the hemhofen clubs also applies in other communities that we billpost."
The council unanimously agreed that mayor nagel should bring the contract to a conclusion. No by-laws were passed due to the high administrative expenditure.
Then the annual financial statement of the year 2016 was presented. In the year before last, the municipality invested approx. Three million euros. The audit committee found out that the costs for the sewer rehabilitation were higher than estimated. It was noted that during the rehabilitation of the sewer system, the citizens can also have their house connections inspected. The municipal council approved the annual financial statements.
For the property in the drosselstabe 17 an informal preliminary building application was submitted. Here, the applicant wanted to build a single-family house that would be erected outside the building limits specified in the development plan. In addition, the house is to have a hipped roof with a pitch of 22 degrees. The municipal council approved the application for a building permit, since houses with hipped roofs had already been built in the area of drosselstrabe.

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Eisenbichler enjoys wm title and double success

Eisenbichler enjoys wm title and double success

With closed eyes world champion markus eisenbichler enjoyed the german anthem, even after a marathon interview he still could not believe his happiness.

"How can you digest it when you have never won and suddenly become world champion?? It is special. I am extremely pleased and happy that there are two of us on the podium," said eisenbichler, who together with silver winner karl geiger had ensured a spectacular double success for the german ski jumpers on the famous bergisel in innsbruck.

Time and again "eisei" had finished second in the world cup, now the dream of a first victory finally came true with jumps of 131.5 and 135.5 – and that at the world championships of all places. "That’s awesome," he exclaimed, deeply touched and with gleaming eyes. 20 years after the world championship double success of martin schmitt and sven hannawald, the two room mates from bavaria wrote a new piece of german ski jumping history on saturday.

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The helpers of the helpers

The helpers of the helpers

Torsten schmidt walks toward the train station building. He turns to the right, opens the door to the men’s room and looks around. "Everything is fine here", the 35-year-old notes after also taking a look in the handicapped and women’s restrooms. Then he walks up the steps to the tracks. There his colleague harald scherbel is already waiting, he has looked around inside the station.

It is quiet along the tracks. Only a young man with a hood sits on one of the benches and drinks an energy drink. Schmidt and scherbel know that he is on the move in the drug milieu. But there is nothing they can do. "Right now he’s not doing anything illegal", says schmidt.

The security guards go back to the station forecourt and observe what is happening. On average, they go on patrol twice a week in kronach or the municipalities in the district. Both have been with the party since it was founded 15 years ago. Schmidt works full time as a mortician, scherbel is a wood engineer. "When my daughter was still in high school, there were regular problems at the train station", recalls the 56-year-old. He read about the security guard in the newspaper and wanted to get involved.

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Schildburgerstreich theme for fools

Schildburgerstreich theme for fools

It was on 3. December and not at a 1. April: the council of rannung rejected the purchase of 25 cubic meters of tree planting substrate for four plane trees to be planted in the school and church yard. 2577 euros (including delivery, excavation of the holes and filling of the substrate) seemed much too much for councilman franz wolf, who had paid only ten euros per cubic meter privately. Four municipal councils joined him. Five were in favor, but the municipal regulations clearly state: "in the event of a tie, a motion is rejected"." The trees are fortunately a done deal and also urgently needed. Grun in any form is rather scarce on the schoolyard and churchyard with its paved areas. Mayors and municipal councils should be very prudent and economical with the taxpayers’ money entrusted to them, there is no doubt about it. But with this project there were already so many additional demands and additional expenses, which all had to be approved, that now it doesn’t matter anymore. As mayor fridolin zehner said so aptly: "so much money has already been sunk out there …" And further "this will now remain in place until the inauguration". The latter, of course, is not possible either, and so the topic will hopefully appear again on the agenda of the municipal council in the foreseeable future – with what outcome, I wonder?? At least there is one good thing about this prank: the jesters now have a nice topic for their carnival sessions.

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The burgerbus is well received by the elderly

The burgerbus is well received by the elderly

Half past two, the burger bus leaves. The first tour of the afternoon begins at hammelburg's market square. Brigitte bauer steps on the gas. It goes in the direction of obereschenbach. Werner hoffmann is also on board. He is very happy that the burgerbus exists.

Otherwise he had to take a neighbor or the regional bus, says the 69-year-old. "Besides, the drivers here are nicer and you can also chat a bit." Arriving in obereschenbach, a woman is already waiting for the VW bus, which has a total of five seats. "I have been using the burgerbus since it started", maria lutz tells. She wants to go shopping in the city center, to do errands and she has to go to the bank.

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Who helps to finance the “bambecher? Appeal for donations on the internet

Who helps to finance the 'bambecher? Appeal for donations on the internet

Goal of the project “bambecher is a reusable cup system in bamberg, which describes the initiative as follows:” you buy your coffee in a cafe or bakery and drink it from a reusable cup. You can return it after use to any participating cafe or bakery outlet. If you return the cup, you get a deposit chip that you can exchange for a reusable cup the next time you buy coffee, and the game starts all over again.”

Although the volunteers have already won over restaurants and cafes to the idea, more seed money is needed to make the concept a reality: a fundraising campaign on the internet is expected to raise 3.250 euros in donations are collected.

How many catering businesses are likely to participate in the returnable cup system, what the city of bamberg has to say about it and what role city marketing plays, you can read in a detailed background article in the premium section of our site.