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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas AVAIUBU COP Y Cougarettes take third at the River City Classic See Sports Page 5 New Braunfels ISO CENTS 485 Tolls Historic Landmark Herald 410 M016 MICROPDPLISHIMG 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO TX 182 10 pages in one section Tuesday December Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Hcme of MANDY REARY Vol 144 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Mandy Reary George Lorn bado Sean Lopez six Rhanessa Roberts one and Barbara A Resales belat Last chance for logos The City of New Braunfels Main Street Transit Committee is extendingthe deadline for logo entries to December 21 The logo design must be able to be reproduced in black and white but may be four color The committee reserves the right to alter or merge designs and names For more informa tion call the Main Street Office at 6082100 Barbershop Quartet at HEB tonight The New Braunfels Barber shop Quartet will be singing Christmas Carols at tonight at HEB Donations col lected will be given to the New Braunfels Salvation Army Live nativity scene The Holy Family Church Youth Program will hold its fourth annual live nativity on Dec 22 and 23 from 7 to at the Holy Family Church CCD Center at 245 South Hidalgo Street Optimists selling trees The New Braunfels Optimist Club is operating its Christ mas tree lot on Seguin Ave across from the post office Hours of operation are 9 to 9 Proceeds are used to sponsor youth activities Sesquicentennial book on sale The radio program New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Minutes that has been broad cast during 1995 has been reduced to a book and is available for sale The price is plus sales tax Exact delivery date is not available But the Sophien burg Museum and Archives will have book gift certificate available for sale until Friday Dec 22 If you have ques tions call 6291572 or 629 1900 Cheer Fund needs more donations The HeraldZeitung spon sors the Cheer Fund every hol iday season to provide food for the needy New donations include Carmelita and Joseph Lisk Sr and and Gretchen Ryals bringing the fund total to Delivery of food will take place at 9 Saturday Dec 23 Volunteers are needed to help deliver the 200 food bas kets More donations are also needed to cover the cost of the food baskets that have been ordered To donate or to volunteer to help deliver baskets come by the HeraldZeitung at 707 Lan da or call Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 6259144 Chamber honors three for service to community HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Caroling on the Plaza Earl and Von Rae Thomas sing along at the Caroling on the Plaza held downtown Sunday night Jews celebrate ancient victory this week By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Christmas is almost here However while many are preparing to celebrate the birth of Christ people in the Jewish community are celebrating a victory in battle Sundown Sunday marked the beginning of the Jewish observance of Hanukkah Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month It is based on a lunar calendar so the exact day changes from year to year In the Roman calen dar this falls around the end of Novem ber or the beginning of December Its the only holiday linked to a bat tle or said Esther Boarnet of New Braunfels Gary Barr of New Braunfels said that in about 170 Jews were living under the rule of Syrians and Greeks who wanted them to worship their gods The Greeks desecrated the Temple of Jerusalem Some Jews assimilated but a group fighting under the leadership of Maccabee fought the Syrians and took the temple back Hanukkah was a reded ication of the Temple said Barr It symbolizes a small group taking up arms to defend their religion against a larger group led by their faith and said Barr Its symbolic of hero ic acts of both the past and Boarnet said the reason Hanukkah lasts eight days is that it is in remem It symbolizes a small group taking up arms to defend their religion against a larger group led by their faith and Gary Barr brance of a miracle that took place She said the Maccabees rededicated the Temple However the oil burned in the temple had to come from a high priest There was only a days supply of oil The supply lasted until more oil could be received she said Miraculously the oil lasted for eight days and thats why we celebrate Hanukkah for eight said Barr To celebrate Hanukkah Jews light a candelabrum called a Menorah said Bair The Menorah has spaces for nine candles There is one for each night and the ninth candle called a shamus is used to light the other eight candles One candle is lit the first night two the second and so on until all eight are lit on the last day Prayers are usually said in Hebrew while lighting the candle said Barr Boarnet said it is a time for gift giv ing Traditionally children were given gold coins However today most chil dren are given gifts She said it is simi lar to the giftgiving at Christmas It has evolved into something bigger a lot like Christmas has Its been com said Boarnet Children also play a game with a top called a dreidel The top has four sides with the Hebrew letters N G H S on it The letters stand for the Hebrew phrase a great miracle happened The children spin the top and gamble with candy or nuts either winning the whole pot half the pot nothing or having to give some back said Boarnet She said it is not unusual for Jewish children to play a gambling game In Jewish history life was a gamble You didnt know if you would wake up in the she said Both said Hanukkah is traditionally celebrated at home They said part of the reason it has gotten so much attention despite the fact that it is not a major holiday is due to its close resemblance to Christmas in terms of giftgiving It gives the kids something to look forward to when their Christian friends are celebrating said Boar net Barr said his family still participates in many Christmas celebrations with friends He said their strong belief in their religion allows them to do this without compromising their beliefs By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The envelope please the 1995 winners of the Chamber of Com merce Honors Awards are Jean Pfeuf fer Betty Richter and Tommy Zipp The three attended yesterdays chamber board meeting unaware that they would be honored Its kept a said chamber President Michael Meek We try to trick them into coming without telling them Jean is the type of person who can bring together different commu nity forces for a project that requires the cooperation of the whole com said Carter Casteel chair of the board Pfeuffer was the first president of the Water Oriented Recreational Dis trict She has dedicated years of ser vice to preserving New Braunfels her itage as chairman of the Heritage Exhibit and House Committee of the Sophienburg Memorial Museum Association and as a founding mem ber of the Heritage Society Betty Richter you have always been ready to help any volunteer orga nization that will benefit the city of New Casteel said Richter was vice chair of the cham bers Bicentennial Celebration for several years She has helped the cause of historical preservation in the Heritage Society and the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture This month marks Richters 20th year as a Blue Coat Zipps name is synonymous with Pfeuffer service to area youth He found ed the junior livestock show in 1968 His fel low Realtors voted him Real tor of the Year and he has served as presi dent of the Board of Real tors He has further served area youth through the Comal County Fair Association as the current director of the Farm Bureau You have helped build leaders that will benefit the com munity for years Cas to teel said The chamber will honor the three at its annu al banquet Jan 26 1996 The wonder ful thing about people like Jean Pfeuffer Betty Richter and Tommy Zipp is that they do things for the sheer pleasure of it not to get an award just to make the world a better Casteel said Zipp Richter Holiday blood drives crucial Perhaps the most precious gift you can give this holiday season is a gift to a total stranger Give the gift of life on Thursday Dec 28 at the Kirk wood Manor blood drive from 10 to 1 in the blood center vehicle in the parking lot of 2590 Loop 337 or at the Colonial Manor blood drive from to in the blood center vehicle in the parking lot of 821 Hwy 81 W The South Texas Blood Tissue Center must collect 300 pints of blood each day to supply South Texas hos pitals The holiday season is a difficult time for the community blood supply Anyone between 17 and 72 years of age who weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good general health is encouraged to become a holiday blood donor Donors receive a free Holiday tshirt a cholesterol test and a miniphysical All donors must show proper iden tification To sign up for the Kirkwood Manor blood drive please call Deann Knetsch at 6200509 For the Colo nial Manor blood drive call Iris Bow den at 6257526 Judge deals setback to CISD bond lawsuit By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer A hearing was held Monday morn ing regarding the lawsuit challenging the CISD Oct 14 bond election and a judge ruled that the plaintiffs in the suit need to refile their petition Comal Independent School District held a bond election in October in which voters approved a million bond issue The election results were recount ed and upon recount the issue still passed by a margin of eight votes Lois Duggan and Wallace Greene of Canyon Lake filed a lawsuit against the board president in an attempt to stop the bonds from being sold The suit alleges that the district did not follow proper election and education codes CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said the hearing was a special exceptions District Clerk Margaret Her brich said such hearings are held for var ious reasons including asking for the petition to be clarified Basically we asked the judge to tell the plaintiffs to clarify certain points such as what it is theyre asking for and said Major The judge did just that He gave the plaintiffs a deadline of Jan 2 to refile the petition He also gave the district a deadline of Jan 8 to respond to the new petition A tentative court date of Jan 11 has also been set said Major Herbrich said the plaintiffs must file the new petition before the deadline or request an extension She said if they fail to refile or get an extension the judge could throw the suit out In a board meeting last week board president Jim Middleton called the suit frivolous and He also said he found it interesting that the two filing the suit did not even vote in the bond election and their suit will cost the district a lot of money It is very unfortunate that we have people in the district who claim to be dedicated taxpayers doing this to the said Middleton Its despica Until the suit is settled the bonds can not be sold and issued However unsold bonds from the 1994 election were to be sold at the same time Major said the districts financial advisors are currently working on separating those out so they can be sold The sale is needed to pay for middle schools that are already under construction He said it is unclear what the cost will be to the district to issue and sell the bonds in two groups Greene said he did not wish to com ment on the suit However he did say mat he believes it went Attempts to contact Duggan were unsuccessful HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Winter sky The colors are spectacular as the sun has fallen behind a windmill near Landa Street and Wald Road Skies are expected to remain clear today and tomorrow with highs in the low 50s and lows in the low 40s or upper 30s Thursday through Saturday will see increasing clouds with a chance of rain Friday Feds stop killer Mexican trucks from invading Texas See Opinion Page 4
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