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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Unicorns Rangers set for playoff matchtips Page 1B 50 CENTS NewBraunfels 20 pages in two sections Friday November Serving Comal County andsurrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Freddy Fischer Vol 146 No 11 Inside Dear Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Annie Jones Tanya Falgout Tammy Setter Susan Bracks Freddy Fischer 86 Peterson and Natalie Kay Reber Happy Anniversary wishes go to Jim and Shirley Hays 44 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Not available Poten measured h parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel River Information Comal River not available Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well not available Canyon Dam discharge 191 cfs Canyon Lake inflow 244 cfs Canyon Lake level Not available New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of jurface water Thursday and no well water Chance of rain diminishes Tonight Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of evening showers or thunder storms Partly cloudy skies Lows mainlyjn the 40s Saturday Partly cloudy Isolated showers northeast Highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s Saturday night partly cloudy Lows in the 30s to lower and mid 40s Sunday Mostly sunny Highs near 70 to lower 70s Monday Increasing cloudiness Lows in the 30s to 40s Highs near 70 to lower 70s Tuesday Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain or show ers Lows in the 40s to around 50 Highs in the 50s to 60s Downtown lights up tonight Santa Glaus Mayor Jan Kennady and lots of young sters and those young at heart plan to be in downtown New Braunfels at today for the annual Christ mas tree lighting The Main Plaza will be closed to traffic starting at that time so Santa Glaus and his elves can participate in a Christmas parade starting at the main fire station on Hill Street Hill and San Antonio streets will be closed during the parade Give to the Cheer Fund The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung is accepting dona tions for its annual Christmas Cheer Fund for the needy Donations will be accepted at the HeraldZeitung office at 707 Landa St during regular business hours Checks also can be mailed to the Herald Zeitung Please make checks payable to the HeraldZeitung Cheer Fund New Braunfels embraces flocks of snowbirds Economy benefits from winter Texans By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer With the arrival of winter thousands of winter Texans are descending on New Braunfels adding millions of dollars tot he local economy Winter Texans who are mostly elderly retired people from the Midwest make their homes in Texas from November toMarch to take advan tage of the warm weather in Texas According to figures from the Texas Depart ment of Economic Development and Tourism Division million winter Texans visit the state each year TDED projected winter Texans have an economic impact of almost billion to the state Michael Meek president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce said winter Texans are a shot in the arm for the local econ omy during the winter months I think the last time we checked it was arourjd the million mark a couple of years Meek said We add residents between the November and April time frame each Winter Texans not only spend their money here but add to the spirit of the community Meek said They make not only a big impact on the economy but make a bigcontribution to the quality of life Meek said A lot of them are very active in civic and cultural organizations and churches They really become good citizens when they are Joyce Fox Hospice New Braunfels adminis trator said Hospice had three winter Texan vol unteers They are excellent Fox said They give a lot of time they are very dedicated and con Tum to Winter Texans Page 2A Singing Christmas card Advent Vespers slated Sunday By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor The true beginning of the Christmas season starts within each persons heart at a different time For some in New Braunfels it starts with a sound the sound of 100plus voices singing sacred music at Advent Ves pers It has become a tradition that peo ple dont want to be said creator and director Melitta Frueh This year marks the 38th Advent Vespers It has grown to include 100 plus members from at least 15 church es and singing groups Members of the Hill Country Cho rus New Braunfels barbershop cho rus will participate en mass for the second year A couple of years ago the barbershoppers heard that Frueh was in need of baritones and tenors for her Christmas chorus said Hill Country Chorus member Harry Myers Hill Country Chorus decided wed commit two of our practice nights to sing wifh the Myers said Not only the audience benefits from the Advent Vespers Frueh said We who sing are really blessed by doing she said Pianist Jo Ann Lemmon has accom panied the Advent Vespers since the early 1960s She and Frueh are fast friends Frueh said Shes very Lemmon said of Frueh Shes quite firm but when you get to know her you know her intent I think I read her heart pret ty Frueh puts a great deal of thought into the Advent Vespers program each year Lemmon said Some timehon ored sacred Christmas favorites such as Oh Holy can be counted on each year HeraldZeitung photos by Susan Rynt England Singers from at least 15 church choirs and other groups converge for two inten sive rehearsals to produce Advent Vespers From left are altos Terry Walker Maxine Perry Pauline Reynolds Jean Jones Harriet Fortson Jeanette Dietert and Karen Burnett Melitta Frueh rehearses the 38th annual Advent Vespers massed choir as Jo Ann Lemmon accompanies at the piano Melitta does something from Messiah every year because thats beloved by a lot of Lemmon said I also include more modern things We have to remember what our audi ence is theyre not all Frueh said Some of the songs this year were copyrighted in Advent Vespers is not just for enter tainment Frueh said basic purpose was to bring the message of Christmas by way of music into the hearts of the people in our Lemmon said orea sacrea cnnsrmas ravontes sucn oeiuveu uy a iui 01 peupte rruen sam aome or me songs mis onng ine message ui unnsunas oy as Oh Holy can be counted said year were copyrighted in way of music into the hearts of the on each year I also include more modern things Advent Vespers is not just for enter people in our Lemmon said Texans give thanks at turkey feasts big and small From staff and wire reports Adobe employees prepared the food and many down at the 19th Annual Thanksgiving Big Feast volunteers who served made the dinner possible A Houstons George R Brown Convention Center Volunteers across the state gave thousands of nun meal including enchiladas beans and rice was avail The feasting continued in South Texas as an esi gry homeless and elderly people a reason to be thank able to local residents mated people dined at San Antonios annu Volunteers across the state gave thousands of hun gry homeless and elderly people a reason to be thank ful Thursday serving hearty amounts of turkey and all the trimmings Between and residents turned out to eat a Thanksgiving dinner of Mexican food at the New Braunfels Civic Center Tuesday Adobe Cafe of New Braunfels and Gruene spon sored the holiday feast Everything went said James Breta manager at Adobe in New Braunfels It stayed pretty Adobeemployees prepared the food and many volunteers who served made the dinner possible A meal including enchiladas beans and rice was avail able to local residents In Houston volunteers at the 13th Annual Thanks giving Holiday Superfeast served pounds of turkey breast pounds of dressing 600 gallons of gravy pounds of whole cranberries pounds of vegetables slices of bread and cups of CocaCola Nearly people were served according to sponsor USA Waste Services Inc And a second crowd of about also chowed down at the 19th Annual Thanksgiving Big Feast at Houstons George R Brown Convention Center The feasting continued in South Texas as an esti mated people dined at San Antonios annual Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner at the San Anto nio Convention Center Jimenez started serving the meal in 1971 as a trib ute to a few thousand of the citys older citizens and it has grown ever since We just dont close the doors to direc tor Alice Guerra said If someone is having a hard time or theyre out of a job or theres been tragedy in the family we dont ask any Local family welcomes triplets Three sons arrive night before Thanksgiving By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor Thanksgiving memories will never be the same for Pam and Gerald Tim mermann of New Braunfels At and Thanksgiving Eve they had three sons They did not plan this Thanksgiving gift Pam said today from Northeast Methodist Hospital in San Antonio This was a very big surprise preg nancy no fertility drugs or any the mother said When they did the first sonogram there were three When the triplets were born the Timmermanns already had three chil dren Andrew 7 Jennifer 4 and Nicholas 2 Pam Timmermann carried the babies for 34 weeks and five days Turn to Triplets Page 2A First Protestant reaffirms vote to leave UCC BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer First Protestant Church of New Braunfels confirmed Sunday an Oct 7 hand vote of its members wanting to separate from the United Church of Christ Members voted by ballot between the hours of and Sunday at the church according to Daryl Higgins senior minister The vote provided final closureto the churchs decision to continue inde pendently as Evangelical reformed according to church officials The congregation voted over whelmingly once again to leave the said Higgins Some 315 vot ing members said yes to the split while 14 members opposed it There was one abstention Higgins withdrew his standing from the after the vote effective immediately The appropriate officials have been said Higgins YMCA to offer holiday child care By DONNA COLTER Special to the HeraldZeitung The early success of the afterschool program sponsored by the YMCA of Comal County might bring about some changes for the program Ginny Eanes program director of the YMCA of Comal County said the YMCA is offering child care during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays Wednesday was the first day the YMCA of Comal County offered holi day child care services for parents in the county From to 6 Wednesday at Memorial Elementary parents were able to leave their chil dren in licensed child care for The You really have to see the curriculum book to realize the extent of the education activi ties The staff is outstanding The kids get a lot out of the program director Ginny Eanes open child care picks up again Dec 22 excluding Christmas and New Years Day The services run through Jan 1 The charge will cover field trip activities the children attend but parents must send sack lunches with their chil dren Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided Holiday child care is not the only change coming about for the YMCA program The program is exploring the possibility of expanding to another site Memorial Primary one of three pro gram sites has 12 students enrolled in the afterschool program at Memorial Elementary and Eanes said if 20 stu dents from Memorial Primary enroll at Turn to YMCA Page 2A HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Rynt England Check Time for says Alex Furger as he battles Vicente Romero at chess during the YMCA afterschool program at Memorial Elementary From left are Romero Tyler Furger Zach Welch and Alex Furger Let your holidays be merry Page 8A
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