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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 27, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY New Braunfels Todd Mitchell adjusts to life at West Poftjf See Sports Page 6 50 CENTS Herald S 0 E 3 I M 1C R 0 P U B 1B I N Cv 26 7 E Y A hi DELL DR EL IX 14 pages in one section Wednesday December Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of RAUL CARRIZALES JR Vol 144 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Lauren Espinoza nine Raul Carrizales Richie Perez 18 Stephanie Correia Sedelia Vela Alesia Villalobos and Sarah Wetz New Years dance Holy Family Church will hold its third annual New Years Eve Dance Sunday Dec 31 from 9 to 1 Music by La Distancia Advance tickets are or at the door For more information call 609 5320 or 6207678 between 9 and 5 GOP filing party The Republican Party of Comal County will have a filing party at New Braunfels Smokehouse Tuesday Jan 2 from to 7 The candidates for the 1996 pri mary election will be intro duced Come meet and visit with the candidates For more information call Dona Bruns at 6250872 LCRA sets workshop The Lower Colorado River Authority will hold a workshop in New Braunfels on Thursday Jan to inform area leaders and non profit groups about LCRAs new grant program to assist community development pro jects in its service area The workshop will be at the New Braunfels Utilities board room 263 E Main Plaza from 6 to 8 At the workshop LCRA staff will be available to assist participants in filling out grant applications Those eligible for grants include cities counties volun teer fire departments regional development councils and other nonprofit economic and community development groups Invited to the workshops are mayors city managers coun ty judges and commissioners school superintendents vol unteer fire chiefs chamber of commerce representatives and general managers of electric cooperatives and oth er LCRA customers For more information con tact Frank Morgan LCRA 1 8007765272 ext 3340 Guada Coma Garden Club to meet The Guada Coma Garden Club will meet Tuesday Jan 9 at 2 at the home of Ella Hall The program will be on the spectacular annual Philadelphia Flower Show held in March Cheer Fund The HeraldZeitung spon sors the Cheer Fund every hol iday season to provide food for the needy New donations include Dou glas R Sims and anony mous donations of and food The 200 food baskets were delivered last week To donate come by the Herald Zeitung at 707 Landa or call 6259144 Community meal sees poor turnout Food and toys sent to San Antonio By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Christmas Eve was better for giving than receiving at the Harvest From The Heart hol iday meal We gave a party and nobody said founder Robert Konkel Organizers prepared a traditional turkey dinner for people and only about 300 showed up The firsttime Christmas Eve date just didnt work well for the meal Konkel said We were competing against church and he said The worst of it was that we couldnt find a local shelter that would accept a donation of the leftover Konkel said The turkey dinners and 50 pounds of toys were eventually accepted at the Childrens Shelter in San Antonio Thats definitely community he said Konkel cofounder Dana Overstreet and other organizers were moved by the out pouring of donations from the community he said Were happy the way it turned out with the fellowship of the community it was quite a group of Shoppers pick over markeddown Christmas items at Target by DARNALL MANY HAPPY RETURNS Day after Christmas brings shoppers back to the stores Police enjoy slow weekend Light traffic and few calls make Christmas a breeze By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Why cant we go home Im so tired Im always bending my said a young boy He was wait ing in the returns line with his mother at Target the day after Christmas Retailers across town and across the nation were hoping for big crowds Dec 26 after a disappointing preholiday shopping season Long before customers patience wore thin or their knees started to buckle retail employees were brac ing for the torrent of afterChristmas shoppers Id estimate that we have 50 percent more employ ees working today than on a normal said Leigh Ann Thompson Target Team Leader store manag There was a line this morning at the front said Abram Campos who was trying to stock shelves as quickly as customers were emptying them The people came running back I wanted to tell them you dont have to run youre the first ones Campos said he would put in from 8 to 12 hours Tuesday stocking his section of the store the Christmas specialty section Shoppers were stuffing carts with lights ornaments garland and lawn deco rations taking advantage of postChristmas price breaks I used to have animated dolls on that back wall and its Campos said pointing to a large expanse of empty shelves Its been exciting Im sur prised how quickly the things are Yesterday was a work day for bargain hunters One mother had two teenage children helping her search for items on her list Weve got lots to do she said Shopper Amy Allen brought only one of her four children Hes driving me she said with a wink and a grin Armed with a categorized list Allen had her son Christopher perched in one shopping cart and a sec ond cart full of merchandise I ought to do my Christmas shopping for next she said Target had a special spot set up for returns with a few conference tables end to end covered with red table cloths cashiers were working in the early afternoon and the wait in line was timed at four minutes 35 seconds Employees were collecting returned merchandise as quickly as it piled up behind the long red tables The returned goods would be restocked continu ously Thompson said We do it all day Phillip Vela was scheduled to serve return cus tomers from 10 to with two breaks and lunch Vela called the customers Customers attitudes run the gamut he said Some are patient Some talk to you and tell you about their The stream of customers gives little chance for employees to catch their breath It comes in Vela said Then steady then dead but only for a minute Its like a fast food If this past weekend was any indication of what the upcoming weekend will be like in terms of traffic the forecast is good Lieutenant Sumner Bowen with the Sher iffs Department said things were really light over the Christmas weekend Bowen said activity in the county including bur glaries and domestic violence was slow and some week nights are busier He said traffic on Interstate 35 was light and there was no bad weather for drivers to contend with which helped produce few accidents despite the new higher speed It was wonderful It was as pleasant a we have had for a long long he said But youll never hear us Sergeant John Ritter with the Texas Depart ment of Public Safety said DPS also had a quiet weekend He said there were no fatali ties or major accidents and things were gen erally quieter than previous years DPS had a relatively quiet weekend as far as accidents are said Ritter The New Braunfels Police Department did have a major accident on Tuesday morning when a man rolled his car several times and had to be taken by AirLife to a San Antonio hospital Bowen said there were a few arrests but It was a delightful Christmas weekend I hope we can say the same for the New Years Lt Sumner Bowen most of those were for warrants He also added that there were only 16 cases or assign ments to work on Tuesday He said he was even able to work on older cases and catch up on work Im never able to he said Youre always scared to come back after a holiday or on a Monday and see the Bowen said he hopes people will take the same precautions during the upcoming week end and end the year on a good note It was a delightful Christmas weekend I hope we can say the same for the New Years said Bowen However he said the Sheriffs Department will be ready for bad weather or drunk dri ving Ritter said DPS will also be looking for intoxicated drivers because the tendencies are still Bowen said the task force will be out for a while looking for those drivers however he would like to urge people to keep up the good work and dont rock the Veterans get their checks despite shutdown By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Although the gridlock over the federal budget does not appear to be approaching any sort of conclusion the federal govern ment has taken action to assure some peo ple dependent on federal benefits that their funds will not be jeopardized Comal County Veterans Service Officer Gus Culwell said that the furlough of non essential workers has not effected veterans or their benefits He said local veterans have been regularly receiving tjie benefits despite the impasse in budget talks How ever he said veterans do get concerned when there is a question of whether or not they will receive their benefits Certainly theres concern Veterans depend on those said Culwell and theres concern when there could be a delay in those payments But they havent been effect yet by the However the federal government took action last week to ease those concerns President Clinton signed a measure hours after the Senate approved it which autho rizes the distribution of checks for mil lion veterans and dependents and mil lion welfare families and assures the checks What they did was approve a conrinut ance to issue benefits for the fiscal year 1996 It just kind of guarantees that they will keep issuing them said Culwell Culwell said veterans that still have quesr tions or concerns about receiving their ben efits should contact him at 6205549 The Senate also approved a measure declaring furloughed federal work ers as essential The measure would allow them to return to work with a promise that they will be paid later Tye Preston Memorial Library nears goal By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALU Summer chore winter weather City employee Dwayne Braune cuts the grass at the Landa Park Golf Course Wednesday morning as the temperature dipped into the upper 30s Local man serious after crash A New Braunfels man is at University Hospital after a onecar accident early yesterday morning Baptist AirLife flew Oscar Diaz to the San Antonio trauma center after his vehicle rolled over on Interstate 35 between Solms and Engel roads Diaz was driving his black sport truck eastbound on Interstate 35 at about when he lost control of the vehicle according to New Braunfels Police Department records Officer Melissa Wein reported on the accident His truck left the roadway and flipped at least two times Diaz was thrown from the truck and landed on the northbound access road reports said Diaz is listed in serious but stable condition As the old year winds down the Tye Preston Memorial Library Brick Parade is within the grasp of reaching goal We are very close to reaching our Brick Parade chairwoman Anna Paula Casey said For the past 11 months Casy has been spearheading the Brick Parade project which had reached as of Tuesday The Brick Parade was initiated to raise funds for a muchneeded addition for the library The npw addition will be used as a meeting room study room and expanded childrens area for library patrons and workers With the new addition the childrens reading area double its size Since the childrens area will be mov ing to the addition the cramped work area will be able to expand in the present library space The addition is on target to be completed by December 1996 Casey said Shortly after the addition is finished the Preston Library will host a regional meeting of the Alamo Area Library System which about 3035 members will attend Preston Library Director Dora Hightower said Hopefully the final plans for the addi tion will be ready by the first of January when our building committee Casey said When the plans for the addition are final ized bids for contractors will be put out so that the building process can begin Casey said The Brick Parade has sold 750 bricks and 43 granite blocks The bricks and gran ite blocks have been bought by individuals and businesses from the Canyon Lake and New Braunfels areas Their names will be put on the bricks and blocks as part of the Courtyard of a pathway which will lead to the librarys main entrance The Canyon Lake Golf Country Club Hopefully the final plans will be ready by the first of January when our building committee Anna Paula Casey has pledged to help the Brick Parade by putting on a golf tournament on Saturday March 23 Tee time will be at 1 The tournament will consist of a scramble ijf four man teams The charge will be ppr person which includes a buffet All the proceeds from the tournament will benefit the library golf pro Ward Watson said We hope to have a least 36 teams par Watson said We decided to put this thing on since a lot of our members are involved in the Brick Parade project doing this we are giving something back fo the 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