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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 7, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY Smithson Valley loses thriller at home against Del Valle See CENTS COUNtDOWNl 105 NewBraufitels SesqulceMennlal March 21 1845 New Braunfeis 20 pages in two sections Wednesday Dec Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of HELEN BRUCKS Vol 142 No 280 Letters to the Arts Sports S ta m m ti sch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfeis Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Helen Bracks Nancy Brinkkoeter Jennifer Noble Lola Herring Bill Daugherty Mary Valen zuela Michael Hughes 8 Bertha Baerwald Robert Biggers Mary Lou Broome Patricia Custer Norrls Ftodine Florie Jo Lewis Chan doha Mary Mildred Keen Mary Tymrak Jane Young Lonnie Curtis Renea Ritchie Ema Sanchez Neal Tipton Geraldine Smith Donations to HZ Cheer Fund continue Area citizens have begun to submit donations to annual Cheer Fund campaign which provides food to local farnilies for the v Anyone wishing to donate can doso in person by coming by i the HeraldZeitung office at 707 Landa or call Cheer Fund Director Carol Ann Avery at 6259144 Volunteers for food delivery are needed Avery said Anyone wishing to sign up for delivery can do so by calling Avery Todays donations include David Shirley Brownell toys Mr Mrs Curry Leland Mary Jean Cross Arnold Jean Paulen Sl Mr Mrs Troy Burch Howard Mary Gold V Rober Ruth Alford Larry Womens shelter to benefit from event A special benefit for the Comal County Womens Shelter will be held Dec 20 from 8 to 12 pjn at Garys Landa Sta tion on Landa St A special jam night will be hosted by The Stingrays which will include several other local musical performers Cost of admission will be one can of food An auction will be held during die evening with proceeds going to the womens Harvest from the Heart on tap Dec 23 Molly Jpes will be host to a community meal Harvest frqra the on Dec 23 at the New Brauofels Civic Center Some people are expected to be served said Robert Konkel of Molly Joes Catering Volunteers are needed to help set up the meal on Dec 23 For more information call A Day of Infamy New Braunfeis resident recalls devastation of Japanese attack on Naval installation at Pearl Harbor ByMARKLYON Managing Editor New Braunfeis resident iRobert Cole was not a wit ness to the Dec 7 1941 Japanese bombing bftthe Navys fleet at Pearl Harbor But he almost was But if you ask him hell tell you he is thankful he wasnt Only hours after the tragic assault on more than half of the Pacific fleet Cole a lieutenant in the Navy arrived in Hawaii on the Acacapa What he saw horrified him so much that he says be still wakes up in a cold sweat during the middle of the night after reliving the day in a nightmare We stood on the ships deck and just watched and he explained We were several miles from Hawaii but cloud The land was illumi nated by the fires in the harbor We had no idea of what had just taken place We were scared to death because we didnt know what had happened and didnt know what to expect We only knew something very terrible had taken Upon arriving at the scene death and destruction surrounded Cole who instantly began trying to assist in the recovery of wounded soldiers I wouldnt want anyone to see he said You just wanted to fall apart it was so ugly We were just wiped out It was an awful feeling for everyone there There was mass confusion and destruc tion everywhere To see that happen to your country is just horrible We had no communications with Pearl Harbor We couldnt get through to them so we had no idea what was going on We all seemed to go into shock I still have the nightmares I wake up in a cold Cole saidhe believes that his ship and the coast would have fallen victim to the thousands of Japanese Zero planes had the squadrons not experienced short ages of fuel and ammunition We thought whatever had hit Pearl was going to hit us he said We could only wonder what would be wait ing for us at However Coles finest hour or per haps his most heroic hour would come later if hjfr career widi the Navyonly HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNAtl Robert Goto hat tow In his scrap book to rsmsmbsr Psarl Harbor by but hs has a photo of ths sams alrplans hs was shot down In ovsr Midway Island months later After being sent back to California with some of the wounded soldiers from Pearl Harbor Cole soon was sent back into the Pacific to Midway Island While flying patrol over the was shot down by ene my fire Hours later a Destroyer in the vicini ty picked him up where he was treated for severe bums and sent back to the mainland There was mass con fusion and destruction everywhere To see that happen to your country Is just horri Robert Cole I was beat up orettv he said My hands were burned and at first they didnt know if they would be able to save them I was sent back to the mainland to the Naval Hospital in San Francisco and stayed there for one year Much of that time I was in a cast from the waist For service to his country Cole was presented with the Meritorious Service Medal from President Harry Truman as well as the Purple Heart The Navy felt I had done my part so they sent me on a public relations tour in he said I was one posters and radio shows and was kind of looked at like a war hero since I had been shot down in my Those tours became the setting for the beginning of numerous friendships with some of Hollywoods more famous people includ Bob Hope Dinah Shore Jimmy Stewart Maureen OHara and Ronald Reagan to name a few After his stint in the Navy Cole spent the next 14 years as an engineer for NASA in Houston Since his retirement from NASA he became married to his wife Mary and moved to New Braunfeis where he has been active as a member of the Elks Club Noon Lions Comal County Senior Center and Fraternal Order of Eagles Public television braces for federal cuts Staff Writer Although San Antonios KLRN counts on the corporation for 17 percent of its budget it is still an important part of their budget The rest of stations budget depends on public contributions raised through memberships auctions and fund drives cut oubUctdevision have New serves as treasurer for the pubic television station going to seethe government resDondropre to fiscal matters The treasurer of the Alamo Public Telecommunications Council aid San Anto bereadyiftbefederaj slated for tomorrow Second annual event set to begin at 6 Thursday By TECLOJ GARCIA Staff Writer Tourists roam the streets of New Braunfeis throughout the year and especially flood the town during the Summer Thousands also come for Wurstfest and several outof towners can be seen at the Comal County Fair So what spe cial even or cele does New Braunfeis have for its own citizens annual Wassail fest scheduled for Thursday night beginning at6pjn Not that local residents dont attend Wurstfest and the others or that tourists arent welcomed at Wassailfest However the fest attempts to showcase the downtownarea to New HerMZeKuhg photo by MICHAEL DARNALL wassail In preparation for tomorrows Page 6A again I think Channel 9 is a gwat resource I I hope that KLRN or any other pM eKity which depends ootfatf money that it not be cut with a meat ax but rather get phased he said Cone said the roerts made by Gingrich did not surprise him but the statemens were made or not mint oet into a to be self sufficient I KLRN Finance Director Pat Lopez agreed with Cone We know gradually funds will decrease as congress gets its houac in he said We are looking for other types of committee member Jeff Thompson This is more intended for our local folks to come down and see whats he said Wassailing is a Yuletide tradition imported from Europe where people go from house to house in local villages caroling and tasting each homes wassail In New Braunfeis ver sion revelers will still try the wassail but it will be at the 50 wassail stops held by participating downtown businesses Its kind of a taste for the family and its a nice family out ing with all the Christmas lights and wassail It gets you in the Christmas said Larry Brandt of the Comal Flower Shop This brings people into the stores and its just a fun At the heart of the fest is the actual wassail tasting Because Wassail festers will be voting on their favorite was sail several businesses turned down requests to reveal what the contents of their wassail will be Its kind of like a chili cookoff nobody will tell you whats in Thompson said Wassail is usually made from a mixture of cider fruit juice spices and mulled wine Both alcoholic and non alco holic Carol Johnson of Johnsons Furniture Innerworks also would not reveal the contents of her drink but she did say since her family was Swedish it will be serving glogg Its fun she said It gets people out of the commercial aspect of the season It is a goodwill event and its an opportunity for good friends to see each In the inaugural Wassailfest more than 500 people joined the Christmas celebration in a turnout that surprised some organizers This year they expect even more to attend Sponsored by the Main Street Project Wassailfest will have at least 15 musical groups like South Texas Sound Mariachi Cardenas Cross Lutheran Bell Choir and Oma and Oompahs and Kinder Choir to keep the Christmas ambiance Those who collect at least eight stamps onefrom each was sail station intheir wassail program which will fee handed out rppe will be eligible for one of the 32 door prim In addition the Brauntex theater will offer a movie kids All I Want For to be chaperoned by the New Braunfeis Interact Club a local youth organization The idea is to give parents some free time while the kids watch the 90 minute film The Hinman House willdso offer Kids Korner after the movie The HergMZeitung has also learned that Santa will be dropping in for a visit rearoonis will be strate gjcally based around the downtown area Buggy rides along with transportation to and from some of the distant wassail stops will be made available by Becker Motors Unlike Wurstfest which hardly ever gets good weather time I just hope and pray that the weather is perfect becjpc many people have gone all out for Project Director Crandlc said yf there wcwldbe weather no rain date scheduled arwJUeshpwmus go For subscription news or advertising information 6259144 Metro 6060846   

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