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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 25, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 50 CENTS Goal U did it To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 Untimavmu New Braunfels 16 pages in two sections Thursday December 25 1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Qlertn Tlmmerma ti id Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung Trie New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Glenn Timmermann To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Its going to be a beautiful Christmas Today Partly cloudy with increasing clouds late Highs in the mid 60s Tonight mostly cloudy and cool Lows in the lower 40s Friday and Saturday Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain Lows in the 30s Highs in the 50s Sunday Decreasing clouds with rain ending Lows in the 30s Highs in the 50s Schools out until 1998 Schools and offices of New Braunfels Independent School District will be closed through Jan 2 Employees return Jan 5 while students begin the second semester Jan 6 The Tax Office which col lects taxes for the school district and the city of New Braunfels will be closed Monday through Friday but it will be open the last three days of December Closed on Jan 1 it will be open Jan 2 Office hours for the Tax Office are 8 to 5 Comal Independent School District offices and schools will be closed through Jan 2 The CISD central office will reopen at 8 Jan 5 School will begin Jan 6 Post office closed for Christmas Window service for the New Braunfels post office is closed today The office also will close at noon on Dec 31 Express mail parcels and priority mail may be picked up until 4 by stopping at the caller service window Christmas trees have second life The city Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities will sponsor the 11 th annual Christmas tree recycling pro gram starting Monday Resi dents can drop off live trees at a specially marked area in the Olympic Swimming Pool parking lot at the intersection of Landa Park Drive and Golf Course Road in Landa Park through Jan 19 For informa tion call 6082160 HZ offices closed The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung offices are closed today but will open at 8 Friday City offices not open today Down at city hall offices will be closed Wednesday and Thursday in observance of Christmas There will be regular garbage and recy cling collection on Wednes day but not Thursday Resi dents who miss recycling col lection on Christmas Day will have their recyclables col lected on Saturday Christmas Eve fire damages motel rooms By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor A Wednesday afternoon fire damaged as many as 11 secondfloor rooms at the Oakwood Inn motel on Texas 46 across from Kmart However no injuries were reported by officials The fire did not start in a guest room said New Braunfels Fire Department Bat talion Chief John Herber It appears it started jn the attic area near the heating unit for room Her ber said Flames from the fire spread to room 215 and smoke filled at least nine and perhaps up to 11 secondfloor rooms We had a high smoke battle at he said Seven or eight people were staying in the smokedamaged rooms Herber said but no one was in room 215 or the adja cent rooms when the fire started The motels desk clerk who asked to remain anonymous called 911 at according to New Braunfels Police Department dispatch NBFD sent three engine companies one ladder truck and one EMS unit to the Oakwood Inn Herber said Occupants of the damaged rooms removed their belongings and moved to other rooms One guest said he would not stay the remaining four days for which he had paid Im not staying here he said New Braunfels Fire Department firefighters battle a fire at the Oakwood Inn Wednesday afternoon HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Flynt England TidingS of joy Local retailers sing praises of successful shopping season See related story Page 5A By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor Texas retailers and New Braunfels merchants in particular might have a merrier Christmas than those nationwide Five local ty shops all reported holiday sales up con siderably from last year Tobacco Haus Angels and Inspirations Back to Nature Gruene Outfitters and Buck Pot tery Its definitely better than last said Gruene Outfitters employee Ted Brinegar Probably 10plus Mary Jane Nalley of Gruene Merchants Association said the Gruene retailers with whom she had spoken saw sales exceeding last years Back to Nature manager Cheryl Kottwitz was too busy to take much time away from her customers but she said the shops second Christmas shopping season was wonderful On Seguin Avenue near Main Plaza Back to Nature specializes in bird feeders and naturerelated educational toys Winter Texans who visited Tobacco Haus on San Antonio Street last year found their way back this season said owner Lisa Rep ka We are up from last year we are defi nitely up from last Repka said Buck Potterys steady local clientele has come through for the Gruene pottery studio said owner Dee Buck Its been really busy here in general this whole year has been really strong for Buck said A 16year low in unemployment helped make the holidays merry and bright for retailers statewide said Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts John Sharp Sales tax prepayments made by major Texas retailers for November and the fourth quarter of 1997 are one element of the holiday sales Sharp said Pre payments this year indicate that retailers HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Flynt England Sistersinlaw Ellen Gregory and Gregory do lastminute shopping Wednesday afternoon at Gruene General Store expect sales to be up The national retail picture is not so bnght Sharp said Consumer confidence is running higher in Texas than elsewhere in the he said Turn to Shopping Page 2A Twas crowded congested on 135 Wednesday BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Travelers pushing to reach Christmas Day destinations kept traffic flow heavy on Interstate 35 Wednesday However thanks to the fair weather officials report ed few Comal County acci dents by afternoon Christ mas Eve Texas Department of Safety reported congestion on 135 southbound Wednes day afternoon the busiest of three major thoroughfares near New Braunfels Its very said DPS officer Timothy Upright 35 almost looks like a parking lot going Ongoing construction on 135 south of New Braun fels and high traffic flows led to congestion said Upright Other thorough fares including Texas 46 and 281 were well traveled too DPS officer Rick Alvarez said 281 was busy but not as congested as 135 Theyre traveling at a pretty good speed Ive stopped people for 85 and above he said Wednesdays sunny weather contrasted with the rain wind and slick road conditions in South Texas on Tuesday Several acci dents were reported in New Braunfels and the surround ing areas Tuesday afternoon and evening as thunder storms and wind pelted the area Were fortunate that it was clear and dry said Upright We havent had as many accidents Although traffic flows tended to be heavy during days immediately preceding Dec 25 there was much less traffic on Christmas Day he said Most people are where they need to be on Christ mas said Upright Most people are staying in DPS predicted that up to 42 people could die in traffic accidents during the Christ mas holiday from 6 Wednesday to midnight Sun day Last year there were 18 deaths during the holiday but that included just 30 hours according to wire reports HeraldZeitung photo by Margaret Edmonson This stretch of Interstate 35 near FarmtoMarket 725 saw busy but not congested traffic flow Wednesday Onthemove centenarian marks milestone today ELENOR LEHMANN BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Her zest for life and vitality would fool anyone into thinking Elenor Lehmann is younger than her actual age But on Christmas Day the young atheart Eden Home resident will cel ebrate her 100th birthday You can move a mountain with a teaspoon if you work long said Lehmann whose life has been You can move a mountain with a tea spoon if you work long Elenor Lehmann anything but dull Her fiery ambition and jovial disposition keep her on the move even after a century Bom Dec 25 1897 in Pine Bluff to Otto and Emma Meyer Lehmann was the second of six chil dren Her father emigrated from Berlin and her mother from Vienna Austria Lehmann fondly remembers when the family moved to Tennessee and she met her first love the out doors My sisters would be inside learn ing how to embroider and I was out side climbing said Lehmann who turned over rocks and chased after insects that interested her Once a critter was satisfactorily examined Lehmann would find a special resting place for it in a ceme tery she created for them A night owl at heart Lehmann said she and her siblings would wait until they were certain their father was asleep then slip out of the house to go Turn to Centurion Yuletide message Christmas is celebration of the Incarnation It was highly significant Pope John Paul II reminds us in a beautiful Christmas meditation that Jesus came into our world while a census was being taken The Roman Emperor desired to number his subjects To him a human being was an object to be counted an individual among many thousands one notation in a vast array of statistics Yet Christ born at Bethlehem was infinitely precious unique and unrepeat able In Christ born at Bethlehem moreover we possess the deepest glimpse of humanity visited by God Christmas is not merely a scene or a memory of lights and tinsel on a tree or simply an occa sion for a recollection of caroling or gift giving or holiday feasting It is always if we believe a personal reve lation of how our humanity has been assumed by God himself assumed through the consent of the Virgin Mary So many profound lessons are taught us through Christmas For one thing we learn Eternal Other but God Bestowed St John in his Gospel Prologue says in the Spirit that the Word of God pitched his tent in our This is the literal meaning of the words The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us John Hence God is close to us Indeed in the sacred humanity of Jesus he has physically touched our world The only place where the Eternal Word of God The Word which never began to be eternally begotten of the Father has physically touched this world is the sacred humanity of Jesus born at Bethlehem Nearness and com munication accompany wrote Cardinal Yves Congar and are inseparable from it Jesus Christ Herder and Herder God who is Love literally embraces us in Jesus Secondly Christmas means that God became incarnate to confer real life everlasting life on mankind This is to say that Christ is Savior By redeeming us he ensures us life with God forever As St Johns Gospel Prologue also reveals anyone who accepts Christ empow ered to become children of God Surely this is the principal fundamental and enduring gift of Christmas Jesus Christ our Savior Christmas as the beloved carol expresses it is the night of the dear Saviors Our response of course is one of prayerful joy the words of another carol Joy to the are not empty symbols Recall that the Archangel Gabriels salutation to Mary at the time of the Annunciation began with Turn to Yuletide Page 2A Local students send their Christmas wishes to Santa Page 78A   

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