New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 24, 1994

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

December 24, 1994

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 24, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas COUNTDOWN 82 DAYS New Braunfels Sesqulcentennial March March Inside Letters to the Sports Letters to Santa Cheer Fund The S ta in mti sch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Glenn Tim mermann Gregory Dome Jim Cooney Jodee Robinson 14 Nettie Cardenas Joe Herring Donna Crabill Michelle Voges Franklin Keller Arnold R Herbert Ross Sun Meta Schneider Jennifer Balmanno Debora Deason Denise Jacob Diana Schreefer Forrest Hewlett James Johnson Leon LaShomb Peggy Scanlan Michelina Wages Gerald Wal ter Virginia Booth Virginia Caffee Lillian DaUman Catherine Kramer Lloyd Bal lard Peggy Muennink Tess Campbell Mon Bud Carlson Eugene Egendoerfer Carol Gray Fran McCourt Bertie Nel son Mary Phillips Billie Ristau Mon Citys Christinas tree recycling begins Dec 26 The city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities will be sponsoring the 8th annual Christ mas tree recycling program in Landa Park beginning Dec 26 An area in the swimming pool parking lot will be designated as the site to receive the trees Approximately trees were converted to mulch last Christ mas Approximately trees have been mulched during the last seven years Nails and other metal fasteners should be removed from the trees officials said The program is used to pro mote water conservation within the area The mulch is available free to residents HZ has Christmas songbooks available A few copies of the New Braunfels Christmas Song Book are avail able to the public The song book has many traditional Christmas favorites and is spon sored by local merchants and businesses Bridal Showcase set for Jan 4 at Civic Center On Wednesday Jan 4 the New Braunfels Bridal Associa tion will host its 1 4th annual Bridal Showcase at the New Braunfels Civic Center 380 S Seguin Ave Admission is Doors will open at Anyone planning a wedding or are helping someone else who is this will provide an excellent opportunity to gather information and guidance New Years Eve party planned Texas Nights will perform at the New Braunfels Civic Center on Dec 31 from 9pm to 1 during a dance benefitting Call 18007981492 for tick et information This newspaper Is printed on recycled newsprint People 1B Deck the homes Christmas showcased by local residents Children list their wishes for Santa Glaus New Braunfels Herald SATURDAY 38 Pages in three sections Saturday Dec Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of GLENN T1MMERMANN I Vol 143 No 31 The end of the line Commissioner Neil Craigmile looks back at accomplishments during his term By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Neil Craigmile will now have some time to practice several of his many hobbies wood work gardening hunting etc But those who know the Pet 2 Commis sioner realize he will not ease into the background 1 am not retiring to a rocking said the 62yearold Craigmile After losing to Danny Scheel in the March primary Craigmile steps down next week after two terms on Commissioners Court This week he offered some viewpoints on the changes he has seen in county govern ment during his term in office and listed what he thought were some major projects Bringing computers to all county offices Installing computer systems met with some resistance said Craigmile When I came here we only had comput ers in the Auditors office District Judge and he said have Department Consolidation of tax collection between county and Comal School District a move which also met with resistance The county tax office began collecting at a significant savings to the school Improving the county road system also tops Craigmiles list But perhaps his most characteristic trait one that often finds him arguing his point with fellow commissioners is his view of fis cal conservatism He made us all aware of those said County Judge Carter Casteel think when you have a commissioners court with diver sity of opinion taxpayers benefit If every bodys listening we can come to something thats better Growing up in the depression years of the 1930s and war years of the 1940s made an impact that has continued After the bank fail ures of the 1920s his grandfather kept money in a shoebox from then on Craigmile says governments should have to live within their means When the county adopted a halfcent sales tax he said they Nell Craigmile steps down next week as Precinct 2 commissioner were able to stay within the effective tax rate He opposed the judges budget this year because he claimed it did not stay within the effective tax rate He believes increases should be based on real growth such as new construction rather than increases in appraised value We held the line on the effective tax rate until this he said always much easier to spend someone elses money Youd better be careful with Craigmile has been helping decide how to spend taxpayer money for several years He served on the Garden Ridge city council before running for Commissioners Court eight years ago I think the desire to improve county gov ernment was he said I had been asked by close friends to He said the pace at which the county has grown has been remarkable County govern ment will have to continue to adapt to keep pace We have a very dynamic county You must remain he said 2 has prob ably grown more than any of the other precincts The Bulverde area and south of Hwy 46 has experienced a tremendous amount of Asked what he feels could be one of the HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL key issues to affect this county in years to come Craigmile respondedwater We must maintain an adequate water sup ply for the citizens of Comal County if we are to maintain the quality of life he said Craigmile as stated does not want to spend his time in a rocking He expects to remain heavily involved in county events and issues In the near future however he plans to return to his native Minnesota and do a lit tle ice fishing They never did that when I was he said Heck we were Working and earning a living During the 30s and 40s we didnt have time for any leisure Hummel gets donation of figurines worth some From staff reports The Hummel Museum received an early Christ mas present from a M I Hummel figurine col lector from Annapolis Md this week Mrs Myreda Jeffras donated 180 M I Hummel figurines along with other M I Hummel col lectibles such as calendars and books to the muse um The figurine collection is valued at approxi mately Hummel Museum Executive Director John Collins said Inis is certainly a nice Christmas present to the he said Especially since we are just about to announce the opening of the additional display and exhibit area on the second floor gallery Our display of rare and unique M I Hummel figurines will triple with the comple tion of the Elizabeth Pedder Collection display area which is almost HE Is THE REASON FOR WONDER Right now in another part of the church a little girl is practicing Christmas carols on the piano as only a budding pianist can You know what I mean O Come Let Us Adore Him in a staccato beat and simple chords Tomorrow the little girls will sit in front of a church an present her gift to Jesus well practiced and yet so sim ple Hearts will be full of Dennis Gallaher hope that she will get through it unscathed by the dreaded sour note or forgotten chords She will remember for a lifetime mounting those steps sitting down scared like nobodys business and playing that song She will nev er forget Just like you have never forgotten your early Christmas A Uttle baby born so long ago in a far away place changed history forever I know I know You already know the story Scared teenage parents No room at the inn Stars and shepherds Wise men from afar Angels heard on high The story never changes does it I wonder if there is anything left to be said Is there any new twist on the old familiar plot that hasnt already been done to death And yet like an old family album each year we look intently at the story of the first Christmas and remember the characters and places where the Christ Child was bom There is sweet Mary barely a teenager She must have been scared but so full of wonder And Joseph Always in the back ground like a beloved but oh so quiet friend Dont forget the Inn Keeper Down in history as the no room at the inn guy but benevo lent enough to make a place in the barn Maybe he had a daughter about Marys age or remembered what it was like to be so young and just getting started Maybe not such a bad guy after all The procession of angels shepherds wise men and livestock play before us in familiar pageantry An4 we smile at it all Maybe because we remember our own childhood Christmas Maybe because we see the won der in our childrens eyes And maybe because at the center of it all is an unassum ing little newborn sent to save the world from sin His name is Jesus And He is the Reason for wonder Historys greatest moment given to the simplest of peasants and shepheids and live stock The greatest life ever lived given to tax collectors and prostitutes fishermen and lep ers And of course you and me So when you see her know the little girt at the piano Or the boy dressed as the Wise Man Or the teenage girl all costumed as Mary Or the manger scene in front of the church No shes not the great est pianist and the manger scene is hokey at best Remember how you felt when you had to dress up in your Dads bathrobe with a towel and a belt wrapped around your head Just remember tomorrow to look into the manger of your heart and see if the Baby is still there Dont be robbed by the hype of a world decked out in Santa red and pine needle green There is no destroying the simple wonder of the story for those who will take the time to gaze into the manger one more time It is simply the greatest story in the sim plest of terms For God so loved the world that He gave His only Bom in a manger died on a Roman cross but God nonetheless So come friend let us adore Him Dennis Gallaher is the pastor of the Free dom Fellowship Church in New For subscription advertising or news information call 6259144 ;

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