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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 25, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Merry Christmas Vednesday December 25 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY Home of Joan Neuman 2 20 Pages City of New Braunfels City offices will be closed Christmas Day and The Sanitation Department will be picking up the garbage as scheduled both Coma County County offices will be closed Christmas Day and will close at noon on New Years Eve and be closed New Years New Braunfels and Comal Independent School Dis tricts Schools will be closed through Local banks Banks will be closed Christmas Day and reopen the day Finding the meaning of Christmas By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer In sharing their thoughts on the holiday some local religious leaders said they are seeing more people find the essential meaning of Christmas through charitable acts this Ive seen more people giving from the heart this year than I have in all my years of Charles DeHaven of Paul Lutheran Church I think people have found out that the meaning of Christmas is not just in possessions or but in truly he attributing this to the idea of a crumbling faith in economic assets and We had more people volunteer to help feed others this year and more including more than 100 pairs of socks for a Navajo Lutheran mission in Arizona and nearly 300 pounds of food for the food What Ive noticed most intensely is that people have come wanting to help other people in various said Bill pastor at the First United Methodist This has been greater this year than any year since Ive been He said these charitable gestures have often comein the form of families wanting to know how to give money for other families in I the times are a little more troubled this year than last and theres more uncertainty in the world this year than last Hathaway I think that we turn to one another in crises more often than and I think our common needs are more apparent this year than possibly in past Father Eugene OCallaghan of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church said his church has noticed a large increase in both the number of people seeking help and the number of people willing to give Theres a kind of a gloomy feeling over the United States because of the economy at the present he Coupled with Christmas time when people arent spending as much as they used to on I think they are still prepared to make sacrifices in luxuries for themselves so they can really be responsive to the needs of people around OCallaghan He added that the story of Mary and Joseph being turned away from the inn is in the back of the Christian and many of the people who seek help from the church are outcasts of He said their numbers have doubled at the church in the past I used to see more elderly people that were looking for but now I see younger he Peter associate minister at the First Protestant United Church of said he has not seen a rise in charitable acts this but he has noticed a marked increase in the need for Economic for is much more deeply rooted this year than last he That accounts for the need for charitable As a volunteer at the Salvation Armys homeless shelter in San Olsen said he has seen evidence of this deepening The number of people we have fed and provided overnight lodgings for women and children has And the number of local families requesting help from the church in the form of Christmas food and gifts has jumped about 15 to 20 he More individuals have come by the church asking for that kind of assistance this year than in the previous eight years Ive been he Stammtisch Best wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung sends birthday wishes today to Kim Melissa Zimmerman and Michele Anniversary wishes go io Immunization schedule Due to the the Comal County Health Departmentpjias canceled immunization clinics on 24 and A makeup clinic is scheduled for 911 and 14 For more call Troutfest1992 Troutfest sponsored by the city of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation is scheduled for 919 at the Landa Park Olympic The program is for the disabled and other Comal County residents who fish for rainbow trout and a new addition to the program 5 lo 7pound There is no charge for the The fee for a childs pass and for an adults Each pass purchased will be good to catch up to 10 Additional fish may be caught with the purchase of another Times for the Troutfest are 48 weekdays and 10 A youth fishing tournament for children 10 and under will be 810 Some fish will be tagged with Advent Vespers tapes Cassette tapes of the 32nd annual Advent Vespers program presented by the New Braunfels Music Study Club on 1 ore now on sale for Contact Meliita Frueh at Ann Kleenan at 625 2A Good Day There is a slight chance of today as family and friends gather for Christmas Inside Tree trimming Standing in a mountain of city employees are preparing to mulch Christmas trees again this Rle photo Tree recycling program mulches off Thursday Christmas is almost over and it is time to decide how best 10 dispose of the family Christmas The city of New Braunfels and the Pedernales Electric Cooperative will once again be recycling Christmas trees this The city of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and New Braunfels Utilities will sponsor their fifth annual Christmas tree recycling program at Landa Park beginning New Braunfels residents can take their trees to the Landa Park swimming pool parking Customers of the PEC will be able to drop off their Christmas tree at any one of the six PEC district offices between the hours of 8 and 5 from 26 through District offices are located in Johnson Canyon Cedar and Marble nails and other fasteners must be removed to protect employees and the chipper used to mulch the In New the mulch is used to help conserve water in municipal parks and is available free to The PEC turns their trees to mulch which is donated to various cities for use in park landscaping or used by PEC for similar This offer is being extended only to natural trees no artificial trees will be More than trees were recycled last Christmas and about Christmas trees have been recycled during the last four years by the New Braunfels For more information about the New Braunlels effort call For information on the PEC program call your nearest cooperative office or 512 868 Lake parks could remain closed until 1992 By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writw Park facilities at Canyon Lake may remain closed through said Jerry lake manager for the Army Corps of We regret we have to remind the public that the top priority function of this reservoir is flood Brite We believe it did ait excellent job during this flood as it did in the 1987 flood and all those Flood control is the primary function of the with the second priority being water conservation for municipal and public Recreational activities arc the third use of the Brite To this extent were probably looking at mid to late February before we can have a sufficient time for dryout of the Brite The road bases have to be dry before we can allow traffic on them without causing This also gives us time to get debris cleared out and the park facilities Brite added that it may be possible to have two bout ramps open by mid February but that he would not recommend boating on the lake for We cannot prohibit it at this time but we are strongly discouraging boating because of the inflow of debris and the possibility that people would collide with he There are some logs out there that are waterlogged but still partially Theyre kind of like an iceberg there may be just a little piece making a ripple in the water and theres a gigantic log below the If they hit it with any theyre going to damage the boat and possibly fall out of the We dont want our holiday season marred with Brite said he saw almost a continuous raft of debris from northwest to southeast probably stretched two miles long and thai it could take weeks for the debris 10 settle or wash up on This will add to the cleanup task at the The floodborne debris deposits itself he We are going to have some chalky limestone silt that will get all over park tables and so That will all have to be cleaned The level of the lake Tuesday feot above sea compared to a normal level of 909
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