“We are a great bunch”

Looking forward to the work of the coming six years, the new stegaurach town council began its term of office until 2026 this week with its constituent meeting. Six new councillors were sworn in. The posts of the second and third mayor remained in the preserved hands of bernd fricke and werner wabmann.

First mayor thilo wagner praised the fact that the entire municipal council was present at the first meeting. "I think we are a very good group and I am looking forward to the next six years, was his outlook. Afterwards all councillors had the opportunity to introduce themselves briefly. New on board are verena scheer, frank montag (both -FL), christine weigmann-popp (grune-burgerstimme), uwe metzner (SPD), thomas hack and gert lechner (both CSU). They took the oath right at the beginning of the meeting.

Community farm in feulersdorf becomes an oasis of biodiversity

Lizards, partridge hedges and amphibian ponds – on a total of eight hectares of flat land, nature garden planners and book authors reinhard witt and katrin kaltofen, together with their interns, are creating all kinds of new habitats, depending on the location.

Witt has developed drought-resistant plants such as the elsbeere especially for the "steppe climate" with its low rainfall selected on the french jura. Species such as cuckoo campion, keyflower and snake’s knotweed were chosen for the partly damp overflow basins.

Many cyclists avoid bamberg’s bike parking garage

How do you explain to a stranger where to find the bicycle parking garage in bamberg?? Quite simple: where there is no tree without a bunch of bicycles around it; where every street pole is hidden behind a mess of handlebars, saddles and pedals – exactly there you can also do the complete opposite: park lonely. In bamberg's first and only "bike house behind the train station.

It cost 50 cents to lift a bike onto one of the 330 buckets provided for this purpose. But few do it. Even worse: bamberg's bahnhof cyclists seem to make a sport out of parking in front of, next to, and near the bike house – everything but in it.

Get out of the victim role

Get out of the victim role

Sebastian wachter sits on top of the stage, in his wheelchair. Right next to him a poster of a woman doing an aerial jump. Symbol of pure life energy. A contradiction only at first glance, as the visitors to the vlf women’s day in iphofen quickly realized during the 30-year-old’s presentation. For often it is not primarily the extraordinary circumstances that stand in the way of one’s own life’s happiness. It is the barriers in his head.

An 18-year-old goes on a trip with his brother. They jump over a creek. The brother arrives safely on the other side. The 18-year-old gets stuck on a root, falls into the stream. It is the moment that changes sebastian wachter’s life. His brother pulls him out of the cold water, saves him from drowning. The rescuers come, take care of him. But he has not yet reached the 5. Broken neck vertebrae, 95 percent of his muscles are paralyzed.

Meeting of plant lovers

A "november day in may, the premiere of the hofles flea market in the district went wrong. The event, which had been carefully prepared by the friends of the fruit and gardening association (OGV), fell victim to the weather, because the curious visitors stayed away and with them the buyers.

Rain, ice-cold wind sweeping through the judengasse, dreariness on saturday morning. A total of 35 entries were received for the trempelmarkt, 28 farms opened their doors in the hope that the sky will show itself mercifully. But the interested parties could be paid off on their fingers.

The new ones feel like laughing

The new ones feel like laughing

The "most prominent" neuburger obernbreits is probably the new evangelical pastor martin strack, who took up his pastorate here a year ago. But the other newcomers also had exciting stories to tell – and so the sunday afternoon was a truly enjoyable one. The municipality had invited to its 5. Neuburgertag invited. The aroma of coffee and cake filled the town hall. Mayor bernhard bruckner spoke of 115 new burgers who have joined the town since 1 january 2009. September 2009 until today have moved into the town.
Pastor strack seems to like it in his new home town. He immediately informed the other neuburg residents that the evangelical church congregation in obernbreit has been in existence since 1529, making it one of the oldest in bavaria. Obernbreit he experienced and describes as follows: "important to me here are the
obernbreiter pulpit, which supplies the famous wine, the hard-working winegrowers and craftsmen, and the good pretzels from the bakery." He described the people of obernbreit as friendly and hospitable.
Neuburg resident joachim mogel also praised the good
uppernbreat wine. The former lower bavarian moved to the market town two years ago – after his son – and said: "i'm spending my pension here and also really enjoying the peace and quiet."
The young, currently four-headed kohlhepp-meding family moved from marktbreit to obernbreit a year ago because they found a suitable home here. They are very satisfied with it and said: "the good air and the peace here are always like a vacation for us".
Elke appel and jochen vogelsang come the farthest, from the danish border. After three years of searching, they decided to buy the former monastery courtyard in the wurzburger strabe and convert it into their home. What fascinates them about obernbreit is not least its cultural and historical background, including its jewish past.
Oswald pfister and silke kramer have decided to live in obernbreit with their little son konstantin. They are looking forward to the registration of their offspring in the kindergarten 'apfelwiese' and then they want to enter successively with their child into the social life of the village.
And here you should truly not lack for opportunities. They got a small foretaste directly on site: the obernbreit associations, which play a decisive role in the life of the town, were given the opportunity to introduce themselves to the new members and to solicit active membership. It's hard to believe, but the community of 1750 souls has 22 associations, both of which are paid for by the church congregations.
The musical accompaniment to the reception was provided by the eintracht singing society, under the musical direction of helmut klug, with two song performances. Burgermeister bernhard bruckner found support from his preserved hucklkatz wives, gertrud reib and Sophie Hempel.


The orders pile up here

"Wood is a fascinating raw material." Dietmar noack, managing director of noack gmbh, based in iphofen, is so enthusiastic about the material his company works with that he sees the special properties of wood as a guiding principle for the entire company.
Wood has to grow and therefore needs to be handled with care. According to the down-to-earth entrepreneur, trust must also be cultivated according to the same principle. "This creates the solid roots for a partnership and lasting cooperation between our company, our customers and suppliers." Noack is convinced that this attitude will become increasingly important for a company in the future.
Reliability in particular is becoming increasingly important. "We promise our customers not only to deliver on time, but also with the right know-how – and we demand the same from our suppliers."
A look at the products and services offered by noack gmbh shows that the sagewerk of yesteryear has evolved into a broad-based company. We use wood from local forests, such as fir, pine and especially beech. Since wood is a valuable resource, the company's philosophy is that it should be used in the economic cycle for as long as possible. In the coarse shaft area "special pallets therefore, only 70 percent of the production is new, the rest is divided between repair and recycling of used pallets. Also this recycling reflects the basic attitude of the nature-loving company.

Gentle handling
The careful handling of wood as a raw material is demonstrated in the "crate production" business area even more clearly. "We build such constructions, in which as little wood as possible, but as much as necessary is used", explains the company boss, for whom it is a particular concern that sustainability is not just talked about, but lived "the CO2 balance of our company is very important to me."
To keep wood consumption as low as possible, special know-how is required. Dietmar noack puts it in a nutshell: "anyone can eat fat and grease!" Well thought-out static constructions, on the other hand, make lighter transport variants possible. Noack is proud to praise his dedicated employees, who use their technical understanding and specific basic knowledge to find individual solutions for customers time and again. For example, they developed a lightweight special crate to transport a 50-ton machine to china. In contrast to the previous packaging, two-thirds of the wood was saved. This was convincing and ensured further orders, because the conservation of resources also brings direct advantages for the customer.
"If less wood is used, parts can be prefabricated as modules", explains the managing director. "Then the customer will have less space, less time, less dirt. Many of our competitors are working with chain statements. We are not."
50 employees work at noack gmbh, some of whom have been with the company for 20 to 34 years. They are from the parent company "reuss gmbh" had been taken over. In addition, several of them have learned their trade as "wood mechanics specializing in construction elements, packaging, export" at the training center in bad wildungen.
The iphofen-based company provides training, as the managing director emphasizes, "in order to have the specialists with us." Because in the end it's the people who make a good company and ultimately drive it forward. Here, too, the company boss refers to a wood wisdom: "if you want to grow beyond yourself, you need strong roots."

Government loves to help for almost a billion euros

Government loves to help for almost a billion euros

The ministry of education and research awarded almost half of the contracts, totaling more than 464 million euros.

A spokesman for the ministry of education pointed out that the amount primarily includes external administrative services for demand programs in education and research. For example, for years, the organizational management of programs such as "cutting-edge research in the new federal states" or "innovative small and medium-sized enterprises" has been handled by external project sponsors. These are located, for example, at the research center in julich or at the german center for aeronautics and space travel.

Agriculture: when uncertainty grows

agriculture: when uncertainty grows

For a few weeks now, they have been standing, clearly visible, along the roads of the district. The green crosses are to draw attention to the protest of the farmers. To their anger and incomprehension towards the decisions of the federal government. In a four-part series, we present farmers from the region and their specific concerns. Today: simon weckert from dullstadt.

24 years he is. Quite young to already be taking on so much responsibility. 130 hectares the family farm has just outside dullstadt. Potatoes grow the weckerts here especially. Also a little grain and corn. Simon enjoys his job. Even if the youngest developments worry him. "There's already a gap between farmers and consumers," he says. His uncle peter scolds: "and there is a lack of any professional competence in politics."

Debate about loosening the rules picks up speed again

Debate about loosening the rules picks up speed again

Shortly before the federal and state governments meet to discuss how to proceed with the corona crisis, north rhine-westphalia has drawn up a timetable for easing the current restrictions.

In the most densely populated state, schools are to reopen gradually after the easter vacations, and a week later older kindergarten children will also be allowed to return to daycare centers. This is what school minister yvonne gebauer and family minister joachim stamp (both FDP) told the deutsche presse-agentur in dusseldorf.