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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 10, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Prime Time April 199i New Texas 7A Watson king of volunteers at Seniors Center project By TRAVIS TULLOS Center of Coma County It sounded like no big challenge for a man who had done it log ging more than one million miles on Texas highways troubleshoot ing the complex telecommunica tions network of Valero Energys pipeline transmission Handling the electrical work to renovate one big as it was facetiously described by a fellow didnt sound like a very tall order at When he showed up for his first day as volunteer Tom Watston learned that the big room of the Seniors Center would be extensively and also expanded from to square That was more than manhours of tiring work and lots of perspiration and he is still there with his electri cians tool pouch strapped on for about 35 hours each The fact that hes still there doesnt surprise his friends or fam Tom Watson seems to emerse himself in whatever he takes Les president of the Seniors Center says Tom is the perfect volunteer for our project he really knows his gives unstintingly of his time and when he says he has the job you can forget about because it will be Our contractors just love working with Tom because hes so darned Twentythree years Wat sons employer asked him to trans fer from Texas Rio Grande Valley and be based in the San Antonio area to supervise and maintain an evolving and complicated tele communications system which monitored a natural gas pipeline system with control stations all Tom Watson over Toms first response to the New Braunfelers he met while checking out a new locations was so overwhelmingly he made the commitment to raise his family here and to stay what ever it I told my company Im going to slay in New Braun And stay he Hes been through the calamity of the 1972 flood and seen up close the strides the community has made in coping with the growth of the last He contends its the only place in the world I would want to There are no better people on earth than the citizens of New Because he puts so much of himself into Watson finds the Seniors Center renovation work pointing out how much he has had to releam to catch up on new electrical materials and wiring techniques which evolved while he learned the new telecom munications technology that was at the heart of his Says he From the time I I saw our company go from manned pump stations to centrally dispatched sta tion to computercontrolled sta and now theyre going into socalled smart systems using Watson is a winning volunteer combination with his wife of 45 Iva whom Tom describes as a real gogetter and terrific She regularly serves as volunteer in the administrative offices at the New Braunfels Chamber of and also for the Red Cross at McKenna Memorial Recently the Watsons were feted by the New Braunfels Rotary Club as Senior Citizen Couple of the Quarter for their joing community volunteer the Seniors Center renovation finds Watson starting out his days with yet another Next he we start rewiring those swimming pool pumps and I havent touched one in 15 Tom the Seniors Center Fund Raising says contributions of all large and are greatly needed now from indivi duals and Hes espe cially anxious to see an improved response from individual contri Those wishing to partici pate should mail pledges or tax deductible contribution checks to Fund Comal County Senior Citizens Box New Texas For further call Walter Oaks at 6205315 or Les Thorn at NEW BRAUNFELS Items on sale for 96 hours only SALE ENDS APRIL 13 HOUR NEW LXI color TV 82 channels 100 solid state Only JJ41005 JJ89729 Microwave 720 most powerful midsize Only extralarge capacity laundry pair featuring Americas largest usable capacity tub and exclusive DualAction our most effective washing action ever Washer Dryer PAIR Lowest price in 3 years for this Dishwasher cycle CUT MONTHLY jj15585 20 refrigerator Glass covered meat pan 3 door textured steel doors CUT MONTHLY JJ6005I Icemaker 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Jesus wept was a popular All I Really Need to Know I Learned in a short cre do by Robert has been pub lished across the first in his church then in the Con gressional Dear and Readers I have a lovely copy in color offered a few years ago by Southwestern Bell Telephone Com It reads Most of what I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in Wisdom was not at the top of the gra duate school but there in the sandpile at Sunday These are the things I learned Share Play hit Put things back where you found Clean up your own Dont take things that arent Say youre sorry when you hurt Wash your hands before you Warm cookies and cold milk are good for Live a balanced life learn some and think some and draw and paint Crossroads and sing and dance and play and work every day Take a nap every When you go out into the watch out for hold and stick Be aware of I dont care what people do with it as long as they think about Fulg hum Were talking about fun damentals of 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Line Agent Business Call For Quote 6251121 308 Merrlweather ft is with our sincerest that the Ramon Perez Family would like to thank all our for their support through our difficult time of sorrow their land words of their gifts of cards and God Bless you all for your Special thanks to Tony De C McKenna Memorial Hospital and also Nurse Jackie Vichek from THE FAMILY OF f PEREZ W OPEN 6258511 Full Meal Includes 2 Pieces of Cnicken Combination Orders Only Mashed Potatoes Gravy Corn Buttermilk Biscuit Hot Apple Pie Utter Good All Day Everyday Kentucky Fried Chicken New Braunfels 691 Walnut 6251791 OOOD AT THESE Seguin 130 123 Bypass 3798880
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