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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 24, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas M 1 H NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 4 18 pgs in 2 sections November 24 1999 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Sharing the harvest WAI Above New Braunfels High School senior and student council president Michael Kendel leads his fellow council members to deliver 13 food baskets to local families on Tuesday Below New Braunfels High School junior Joseph Andrade and senior Audrey Gonzales deliver a holiday food basket to a local family on Tuesday NBHS student leaders deliver food smiles for Thanksgiving BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Several New Braunfels families Thursday will give thanks to the chari table spirit shown by some local youth this holiday season At 4 Tuesday local resident Terri May a mother of two was greet ed on her front porch by two New Braunfels High School students bear ing gifts May who lives at 455 East Torrey Street received a basket of food including a turkey bread canned Where you can eat on Thanksgiving Page 4A goods and pack ages of mashed potatoes and stuff ing May said she received a Thanks giving basket this past year as well but the food baskets were always a welcome gift Equipped with everything she need ed to give her family a holiday feast May said she probably would not have been able to buy all of the items See THANKSGIVING SERVICES First Protestant Church 172 W Coll today Holy Family Church 245 S Hidalgo 8 Thursday Saints Peter and Paul Church 386 N Castell 6 today and 8 Thursday St Johns Episcopal Paul Lutheran Church at St Johns 312 Guenther 7 today Peace Lutheran Church 1147 S Walnut 7 today Friedens United Church of Christ Geronimo 730 today Local clergy give thanks for Lords bounty BY JAKOB WESOLICK HeraldZeitung Correspondent On the fourth Thursday of November families across America celebrate Thanks giving a time offcasts blessings and unity The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 by the Pilgrims and Indians Governor William Bradford of Plymouth Colony declared it a day of feasting and expression of gratitude for the harvest However Thanksgiving was not established as a hol iday until 1863 when it was set by Abraham Lincoln as the fourth Thursday in November Today Americans observe Thanksgiving as a time for turkey pumpkin pie and the football game on TV but others believe it has a deep er significance Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for Gods love that He expressed to us through His Son Jesus Christ and for the gifts of family and Oak wood Baptist Pastor Ray Still said St Paul Lutheran minister Brian Peterson said Its simply about being thankful not for the blessings of life but for all of life as a way of Thanksgiving is thanks the Pvev Darrel C Higgins of First Protestant said We live out many blessings when we practice an attitude of gratitude for the blessings of this Msgr Eugene OCallaghan said If we eliminate the food prospect See City committee closer to figuring drainage fees BY PERI STONEPAUMQUIST Staff writer The New Braunfels Drainage Advisory Committee agreed Tuesday it was closer than ever to figuring an amount for a month ly public drainage fee But the committee decided not to meet again until after the hol iday season and tentatively sched uled its next meeting for Jan 18 The sevenmember committee has been meeting at least once a month since June with a charge from New Braunfels City Coun cil to come up with a drainage ordinance that provides the city with a mechanism to fund drainage projects At Tuesdays meeting city engineer Bolner explained what kind of projects the fees could fund and how much money the projects would cost The committee has asked for these figures for the past two months saying they needed to know how much money the city wanted to raise through the fees in order to back into an actual fee amount Then you can say the fee is say and heres why its committee member Rick Myrick said To me thats the backup we need for a fee The cost estimates Bolner pro vided dont list specific projects but rather give totals for four broad categories drainage main tenance drainage upgrade storm water quality management and flood control Bolner said he came up with cost estimates by looking back five years at similar projects and then figuring in inflation and growth Because the numbers for these categories are so preliminary he asked that the specific numbers not be published yet Were refining these num he said According to the estimations the fees would need to raise more than a year total to fund projects in the four categories This could be divided between New Braunfels Utility customers in the city or all property owners in the city depending on which SeeFEESftA Blaze leaves family homeless for holidays BY ERIN MAGRUOER Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH A 34 yearold woman and her 19 month old daughter lost every thing they owned in a fire early Monday morning that destroyed their small residence in Spring Branch Investigators believe the fire was intentionally set Lora Kriewald and her daugh ter Ashley will begin the holiday season without a home or even basic necessities The blaze started about at the 20by27 residence at 86A Jana Lane Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford said Kriewald said she heard the front door to the residence slam and when she opened the bed room door to the living room she saw the couch was on fire Man ford said Kriewald grabbed her daughter and fled the residence but was unable to salvage any of her belongings The familys dog perished in the blaze We lost everything including sentimental Kriewald said Kriewalds neighbors called 911 and 11 firefighters from the Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department and firefighters from the Bulverde Volunteer Fire Department responded to the blaze When firefighters arrived the entire residence was engulfed in flames and the lawn was on fire said Terry Trammell Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Depart ment Assistant Chief Firefighters were able to con trol and extinguish the blaze fair ly quickly but the damage already had been done he said Investigators are looking for two individuals that have been identified as possible suspects in the blaze Manford said Kriewald and her daughter have no insurance to replace the pos sessions they lost in the fire Although the Red Cross is pro viding immediate aid to the fam ily community members can help by donating cash or any basic necessities such as blankets pil lows bath towels kitchenware clothes shoes and detergent Donations can be dropped off at the HeraldZeitung during reg ular business hours Drive safely buckle up on trip to Grandmas house BY ERIN MAQRUDER Staff Writer Fiftyfour people died on Texas roadways during the fourday Thanksgiving holiday in 1998 Texas Department of Public Safety reports With that in mind DPS troopers plan to be ready to protect the pub lic DPS trooper Randy Wells of New Braunfels said DPS will be out in force throughout the holidays and tolerance levels will decrease to ensure the safety of the You might arrive there early but you might also save your Lt John Wommack New Braunfels Police Residents who plan on hitting the open road this holiday weekend can follow a few simple tips to make their journeys as safe and sane as possible local law enforcement offi cials said Although holiday traffic cannot always be avoided residents can save themselves some frustration by leaving at least 30 minutes early for their destination New Braun fels Police Lt John Wommack said You might arrive there early but you might also save your Wommack said Serious accidents during the hol iday season often are caused by dri vers who are in a hurry and illpre pared for congestion on the high ways he said Travelers also should be aware of construction on some of the major roadways and always abide by the posted speed limit said Lt Ed Whit son of the Comal County Sheriffs Office Drivers planning on taking Inter state 35 should watch for highway crews working between Solms Road and Loop 337 exits where the posted speed limit is 55 miles per hour Also access road lane closures in the New Braunfels area might cause traffic to slow unexpectedly Drinking and driving is also another big nono for holiday trav el During the 1998 Thanksgiving holiday at least 21 percent of the fatalities on Texas roadways were alcoholrelated DPS reports said Travelers also should make sure the entire family is buckled into safety belts another 48 percent of Texans who lost their lives last year during the Thanksgiving holiday were not buckled up DPS reports said INSIDE Key Code 76
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