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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 26, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Get caught up with the Unicorn passing game Page IB 50 CENTS Goal Donations so far To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 UnnxnWMi New Braunfels HeraldZeitung 18 pages in two Wednesday November Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Susan Bracks Vol 146 No 9 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes o Susan Brucks Kennard Bowen Diana Cashion Lucy Garcia Sandra Lindsey Ruby Wilson Bill Spence Glen Delano Jackie R Nolte and Henry Montanez Happy Anniversary wishes go to Barney and Irene Bartels 56 Jim and Libby Ruppel 1 Robert and Rosa Mar tinez 2 John and Maria Guerrero 1 year and Cindy and John Moos 20 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Not available Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 322 cubic feet per sec ond up 5from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge 244 cfs Canyon Lake cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Tuesday and no well water was used Warm cloudy weather expected tomorrow Tonight Cloudy with widely scattered showers Lows in the mid 60s upper 50s Thanksgiving Mostly cloudy and breezy Highs in the mid 70s near 70 Thanksgiving night mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms Lows in the lower 60s upper 50s Friday Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms Highs in the 70s Saturday Partly cloudy Lows in the 50s Highs in the 60s HZ arrives early on Thanksgiving The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung will be delivered to doorsteps and newspaper racks early Thursday morn ing Our offices will be closed Thanksgiving but we will be back at work early Fri day morning Offices closed for holiday weekend County and city offices will be closed Thursday and Fri day and will reopen Monday There will be garbage pick up for New Braunfels resi dents New Braunfels Utilities on Main Plaza will close Thurs day and Friday as well as the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp office in Sattler Banks will close Thursday and open for business on Fri day All post offices will be closed Thursday HEB on Walnut will be open until 11 today and closed Thanksgiving HEB will resume normal business hours on Friday WalMart will remain open Thanksgiv ing Day Wuests stores will have regular business hours today and be opened Thurs day from 7 to 1 Light New features being added for weekend packs them in BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Going to the Holiday River of Lights Take Loop 337 to Common Street head downtown and turn left on Peace Avenue Continue past the cemetery to Cypress Bend Park Admission is for most vehicles New Braunfels Christmas treat to residents the Holiday River of Lights has garnered almost in the first 10 days of operation at Cypress Bend Park according to city officials About vehicles have driven through the pathway of lights city manager Mike Shands said This included vehicles withup to eight passengers and four large vans carrying up to 15 people each Visitors from Houston and Dallas were among new visitors to the display but local residents com prised about 75 percent of the nightly visitors assistant to the city manager Don Ferguson said Sharing the Spirit a program enabling local non profit organizations to benefit from the displays entitles more than 20 groups to 50 cents per vehicle that enters the park on each organizations respec tive night Today the Sons of the American Revo lution will participate in the program New Braunfels Police Department officers are available each night to direct traffic toward the event Emergency Communications members of whom use a police RV as their command post in the park provide nighttime security This weekend the city unveils new light dis plays estimated to cost according to city officials New this weekend will be lighting of cypress trees within the park six additional displays and feet of new lights that will look like a blue river of lights Holiday helpers Community lends hand to victims of domestic violence By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Donation of food items from local businesses and a food bank will make Thanksgiving dinner at the Comal County Womens Center a special one Karen McDonald volunteer coor dinator for the womens center said food donations definitely were appre ciated The community has been generous as far as donating fresh fruits and McDonald said We have vol unteers who bring food from the SOS Food Bank The others that donate are HEB and WalMart They donate items such as cakes sweets or things we wouldnt normally pur McDonald said about 15 women and children would enjoy a tradition al Thanksgiving meal even though they were away from their homes The center provides shelter for women and their children who are fleeing domestic violence situation The Thanksgiving dinner will be cooked by one of the families from Oakwood Baptist she said They are providing the food and cooking the dinner so the residents can have a day off and enjoy Thanks giving relax and enjoy their families It is a happy time for those people who have a safe place to celebrate it Its a sad time for those families because they dont have a safe home to celebrate McDonald said the womens center would have a typical Thanksgiving Day just like any family It is a holiday as far as for cleaning and she said We have plans to watch football weve got food and weve got games for the chil Fourth and fifth graders from Comal Countys YMCA program made placemats for the centers dinner It was something they chose to Ginny Eanes local YMCA program director said It was something they wanted to do They thought it was something that would brighten their day and would perk the children HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Rynt England From left Stephanie Welch and Paige Foyt make placemats for the Comal County Womens Center Thanksgiving meal Welch and Foyt are enrolled in the YMCA after school program at Carl Schurz Elementary Senior center Teen Connection make Thanksgiving special From staff reports Local groups are helping New Braunfels homebound and less fortunate residents celebrate Thanksgiving through those groups donations of time money and concern Volunteers at Comal County Senior Citizen Center will deliver extra meals to homebound resi dents today in addition to the reg ular meal of chicken and dumplings said director Gladys Bartling The extra meal could be a regular one or a turkey dinner she said An extra meal could be deliv ered today if Bartling said Teen Connection staff assisted families living in Bavarian Manor apartments with a gettogether and community dinner Tuesday evening The dinner was available to all residents living there We worked with families to organize and plan a Thanksgiv ing said Joel Whitt direc tor for Teen Connections girls shelter The meals were made possible by communitywide donations and Teen Connections help he said Cheer Fund will assist areas needy The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung is accepting donations for its annual Christmas Cheer Fund to help the needy Donations will be accepted at the HeraldZeitung office at 707 Landa St during regular busi ness hours Checks also can be mailed to the HeraldZeitung Make checks payable to the HeraldZeitung Cheer Fund Recent contributions include Dorothy Rest Viola Roemer Lewis W Welch New total Bulverde fire station gets final touches By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer BULVERDE Bulverde Area Volunteer Fire Departments new fire station which could be in operation soon is getting the finishing touches Chuck Brangers vice president of the fire department board said the new station on Cougar Bend Drive was nearly completed Hopefully we will get the floors done by the end of this week and move office equipment in and put the radio communication tower Brangers said The fire station will house two fire trucks Work began on the fire station in late March after the old one was razed For the past nine months central fire station had been in Bulverde Fire Departments station in Oak Village North Construction was expected to be completed by Sept 21 but delays were experienced While the new fire station was being constructed volunteer firemen kept some of the fire trucks and equipment at their homes These apparatuswere kind of strate gically located to protect the Brangers said The building has a dor mitory which will be able to sleep four firemen when the area needs 24 hour protection The new fire station was financed by a low interest loan from the Texas State Commission on Fire Pro tection from a fire depart ment account and a loan froni Securi ty State Bank and Trust in Bulverde At some point in the life of this station we will have to have 24hour he said Other features include a larger com munity meeting room an expanded motor bay that will enable the firemen to house five pieces of equipment They had a hard time getting the equipment Brangers said about the old fire station We made the doors much higher with plenty of height to get the equipment in and out of there The doors are 12 feet wide as compared to 10 feet wide for the old NBFD breaks in Big Red Truck BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer With a 360horsepower engine and a capability to pump gallons of water per minute the city of New Braunfels new fire truck broke the mold when it arrived at the Central Fire Station this fall The custommade truck which cost about was designed in part by local firefighters The truck is a selfsufficient unit and bears ladders fire extinguishers handheld power tools and hundreds of feet of hoses among other aids The correct terminology for the new pumper is an engine company However local firemen know it sim ply as the BRT terminology for the Big Red Truck This truck broke tradition with its enclosed firefighter John Herber said proudly Other older pumpers have a wrap around style cab that is not enclosed The National Fire Protection Associa tion has mandated that no firemen are allowed to stand outside the cab any more vanquishing a longterm image of firefighters grasping onto the tailgate of trucks as drivers maneuver the truck and its crew to fiery destinations Air tanks and breathing apparatus that firefighters call air packs are built into passenger seats making them sim pler for firemen to strap on while en route to a blaze A series of lights underneath the truck make curbs and I tools placed there more visible The new truck is equipped with an inner cab communication system including headphones that alert all fire men on board to details about the fires On other trucks sometimes just two firefighters can hear the dispatchers words while the rest of the crew is faced with many unknowns upon arrival Instead of everything hitting them blind the inner cab communication can firefighter John Williams explained NBFD slowly is phasing out the old white fire trucks because too many other vehicles on the road like bread trucks and beer bucks look similar Turn to NBFD Page 2A HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Jakobsen With a 360horsepower engine the citys new fire truck ta a selfsufficient unit carrying ladders tools and 750 gallons of water 4Hfood winners share their recipes Page 910A
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