Tuesday, December 23, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 23, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY SWT mens basketball team beats Samford Page 7 50 CENTS Goal To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 New Braunfels Herald 12 pages in one section Tuesday December 23 Q97 i i Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Shawnna Schneider Vol 146 No 28 Inside Market Dear S tarn mti sen Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Ann Beck Shawnna Schnei der 20 Donna and Dan ny Medina twins and Susie M Gonzaies To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen unavailable Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 335 cubic feet per sec ond up 5 from Friday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 21 from Friday Canyon Dam discharge cfs River flow downstream may increase because of rain runoff Canyon Lake inflow 311 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Monday and gallons of well water p Donf even dream about white Christmas Today Cloudy with showers or thunderstorms locally heavy rainfall possible Highs in the Tonight partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunder storms locally heavy rainfall possible Lows near 40 Wednesday Mostly sunny Highs in the mid 60s Wednesday night clear Lows in the mid 30s Thursday Partly cloudy Highs in the 60s Friday and Saturday Cloudy with a chance of rain Lows in the 40s Highs in the 60s Service league shares the spirit The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today was New Braunfels Service League This nonprofit organization will supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to today and hand out informa tion In return the organization will receive 50 cents per vehi cle that passes through Cypress Bend Park tonight Offices close for Christmas Window service for the New Braunfels post office will close at noon Wednesday and Dec 31 Express mail parcels and priority mail may be picked up until 4 Down at city hall offices will be closed Wednesday and Thursday in observance of Christmas There will be regu lar garbage and recycling col lection on Wednesday but not Thursday Residents who miss recycling collection on Christ mas Day will have their recy clables collected on Saturday NBHZ closing offices for holiday The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung business offices will be closed starting at noon Wednesday and all day Thurs day Items can be dropped off in the newspapers night drop box near the front door at 707 Landa St For information call 6259144 On Christmas Day look for your newspaper early in the day The HeraldZeitungs Christmas Day edition will be delivered early Thursday morning United Way drive chairman James Dunks places the overthe top Insignia on the United Way thermometer on Main Plaza Watching are president Sheryl Bremer past president David Sanslng and board members Lisa Stockwell and Joe Alvarade Photo submitted United Way drive goes over the top Campaign surpasses goal By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor United Way volunteers can plan a party and catch up on their sleep Comal County helped the charity surpass its goal It was ah ambitious said United Way director Joe Rogers We felt like with this generous community we could make Ninetyeight percent of the money raised benefits 30 local organizations that serve a host of needs Many contributed to United Way through their workplaces by filling out payroll deduction forms United Way drive chairman James Dunks said Area employers that led United Way giving included HEB WalMart Checks in the Mail Mission Valley Textiles Comal Independent School District and New Braunfels ISO Using payroll deductions Mission Valley Textiles workers gave generously of their own accord said human resources spokeswoman Yolanda Rodriguez Employees saw the videos and pamphlets about United Usually each employee donates at least 25 cents or 50 cents a week from his she said Checks in the Mail went the extra mile with its United Way drive putting employees directly in touch with the agencies their dona Turn to United Way Page 2A Bountiful harvest Nearly pack Civic Center for Harvest from Heart HeraldZeitung photos by Susan Jakobsen Volunteer Dennis Lester gives Janie DeLaGarza her plate full of turkey dressing and trimmings during Mondays Harvest from the Heart Ashley Hernandez 1 eats a slice of pumpkin pie while mom Rosemary looks on By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer With mobile phone in hand Judy Kraft ran from foyer to dining room overseeing the distribution of hun dreds of pounds of food This was no ordinary meal 40 turkeys 60 gallons of dressing and 80 gallons of green beans were com plemented with bountiful amounts of giblet gravy cranberry sauce and bread Between 900 and people crowded the doors of New Braunfels Civic Center Monday for the fourth annual Harvest from the Heart a full course meal prepared and served by dozens of volunteers The meal was available free to anyone in the com munity Served from 5 to 8 the dinner included traditional Christmas music and a guest appearance by a white bearded man in a red suit bearing toys Can you believe it Were going to run out of Kraft said at 6 It the turnout is Janie DeLaGarza said she waited in the serving line 30 minutes with her daughter Siobhain Martinez and granddaughter Sabrina Sanchez The center was decorated with poin settias and colorful balloons and seat ing was scarce I didnt think wed have this said Dora White who donat ed her time and the use of her catering facilities at 348 Alves Lane to pre pare mounds of stuffing Monday after noon Turn to Harvest Page 2A Bulverde pilot son iniured in aircraft crash Witness clt looked like a corkscrew going down BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer An ultralight aircraft crashed Sunday afternoon near Bat Cave Loop in southern Comal County send ing two people to a San Antonio hospital Doak Neal a Bulverde resident was piloting a Quicksilver GT500 ultralight plane and giving his 10yearold son Wes flying lessons when the wing struts on the left side of the aircraft came loose from the fuselage The Texas Department of Pub lic Safety reported the left wing then folded and forced the aircraft to spiral down counter clockwise to the ground A ballistics parachute was deployed which slowed the aircraft before it hit the ground around The chute is what saved him and his said Harold Ripper a private pilot who was at Bat Cave Field north of Garden Ridge when the accident Neal suffered a broken left leg and back injuries His 10yearold son Wes suffered minor cuts and bruis es Both were airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio Ripper said he was inside a hangar at Bat Cave Field when the incident occurred He first was alerted to the accident by the sound of the fuselage separating Then he heard the parachute pop out dropped my sandwich and ran to the said Ripper who was attending a Christmas party with other people at the airport It looked like a corkscrew coming said Ripper It hit the ground at about 2530 miles per Neals flight originated at Kitty Hall Ultralight Field near Bulverde Neal was sitting in the front of the plane and his son was sitting in a seat directly behind him said Ripper Doak was trying to land the aircraft when the accident occurred Neal apparently bought the ultralight plane in Houston about two years ago said Ripper That type of plane is made primarily of aluminum and Dacron fabric Light weight planes can be constructed from kits and provide an inexpensive way to fly Ripper said The Quicksilver ultralight is somewhat smaller than a Cessna 150 and is a twoseater You dont see these kinds of things with ultra said Ripper adding that the aircraft was a complete loss It was a freak accident He Neal was a really experienced Neal was in the surgical intensive care unit at Uni versity Hospital in San Antonio Monday in fair but guarded condition The younger Neal was staying at University Hos pital and was in good condition according to a hospi tal spokesman Womens shelter Sets in federal grant money From staff reports The Comal County Womens Cen ter received in grants from the Department of Health and Human Services according to infor mation released from the attorney gen eral s office Monday More than million is going to 58 rape prevention and crisis centers in Texas Some of the total will come from fees that sex offenders pay each time they visit their probation or parole officers We were fortunate to receive said Daniel Perez Comal County Womens Center director The funds will be used for counsel ing services for victims of sexual assault and for training of the coun selors who provide those services he said Perez said the center applied for and received a varied amount of grants in the past four to five years Weve been serving more and more individuals who require those said Perez of sexual assault recovery counseling Many of those served are not living at the shelter but are county residents who need counseling to cope with the aftermath of sexual assault he said Churches slate Christmas services From staff reports People who want to remember the reason for the Christmas season by worshipping at an area church have several services from which to choose Among them are Cross Lutheran South Hickory and Cross Street Christmas Eve candlelight service 7 Christmas Day 9 Dayspring Christian Fellow ship 1895 S Walnut Ave Christ mas Eve candlelight Lords supper 5 V First Protestant Seguin Avenue and Coll Eve can dlelight services and 11 The is contemporary ser vice A prelude of Christmas music begins at for the 11 service First United Methodist 572 W San Antonio St Christmas Eve candlelight services and Holy Family Catholic Church 245 S Eve chil drens Mass 6 midnight Mass Christmas Day 10 Mass Braunfels Presbyterian 373 Eve candlelight service 7 Oakwood Baptist 2154 Loop 337 Christmas Eve 6 and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church 138 W Austin Christmas Eve childrens Mass Christmas Eve Mass 10 Christmas Day Mass 11 St Johns Episcopal 312 S Guenther Ave Christmas Eve 5 and I St Paul Lutheran Cross Street and Santa Clara Avenue Christ mas Eve and 11 II Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church 386 N Castell Ave Christmas Eve Mass 5 aw 7 and tiuclnight Christmas Day Mass 8 and sum Keep your powder dry by checking your water vafve See Page 34