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Church resignations analyzed relentlessly

Church resignations analyzed relentlessly

Crisis in the protestant church. This nationwide trend is also taking hold in the small rural regions: the stable conditions are shaking, interest in the church is becoming less and less. Also in the deanery of grafenberg.

This can also be expressed in numbers. While the number of baptisms still keeps the balance, the deanery pays five times as many resignations as admissions. "We have now slipped below the 12000 church member mark. That’s what makes a church community in the rough of hiltpoltstein", says dean sachs seriously to the audience. Previously, 13,000 believers in the deanery felt they belonged to the protestant church, at least on paper.

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The bakery is a hive of activity

The bakery is a hive of activity

The smell of freshly baked bread greets me as soon as i walk in the door. The counter of the small bakery in elfershausen is filled with all kinds of delicacies, from simple breads to crumbled cakes. Master baker udo winter is still standing in the bakery, kneading supplies for the sausages in the sleeping skirt. He routinely works the meat into the dough casing, adding a secret ingredient that should preferably not be mentioned in the report, he warns with a laugh.

With an apprenticeship, winter has been doing his job for 32 years now. He became a master baker in 1995, although he never intended to open his own bakery. At heribert roth’s bakery, he’s just a salaried employee "but the german army still paid for it back then, and it’s just an incredible amount of know-how that you pick up at the master school.", he explains.

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Sports center for litzendorf ?

Sports center for litzendorf ?

Werner hochstetter the positive development of litzendorf has a name: edith obrusnik. The urban planner and architect uses the slogan "lively litzendorf" to describe the "revitalization" of the town numerous large and small projects. These include showcase projects such as the design of the kerwaplatz on the "tanzwiesen", revitalization of the former brewery winkler in melkendorf or the square design of the building area "aufseesianische wiesen. In obrusnik’s opinion, there is still room for improvement, after a lot had fallen by the wayside in the past few months due to the corona crisis.

Falkenberg: learning from the winners

The architect presented an impressive example from the upper palatinate region to show how even seemingly unfulfillable wishes can be realized. There, the municipality of falkenberg acquired a dilapidated castle, which had been eyed by right-wing organizations. Thanks to a rude public demand, the burghers there spared neither cost nor effort to turn an obvious "pay-as-you-go" project into a reality to make a success story. Assuming similar enthusiasm, obrusnik could also imagine something like this for the former brewery winkler and the carwaplatz "tanzwiesen" in litzendorf imagine.

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“Glass is generally in short supply”

There are around 25 glashutten locations in germany. They produce glass containers with a total weight of around four million tons per year. Three companies in particular are active in franconia and have their plants mainly in the district of kronach: heinz-glas, gerresheimer and wiegand-glas. While heinz and gerresheimer primarily serve the cosmetics industry, the wiegand company in steinbach am wald focuses on the beverage market.

"Glass is generally scarce", nikolaus wiegand, managing partner of the company with a total of 1950 employees at four locations, confirms the current situation with wine bottles. This could become even more difficult next week, as a worn-out glass furnace is being replaced in steinbach am wald. It takes two months before the new, coarser furnace is ready for use. The new furnace – one of eleven in the wiegand group – will last another ten years and will run around the clock 365 days a year anyway. "That’s why our offer can’t just be raised quickly", reports wiegand.