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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 25, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A HBRALtZElTUNC Saturday November COUNTY STATE FROM THE DISPATCH spill SPRING lane of 281 from the Blanco county line to Kestrel Air Park was closed Wednesday night for a fuel spill Spring Branch Fire Lt Jason Rush said firefight ers were called to the air port at fora reported spill of diesel fuel They arrived to find a semitruck that had lost perhaps 60 gallons of diesel fuel from a broken fuel line over 27 miles of southbound travel on 281 from Blanco County Comal County Sheriffs deputies blocked off the right hand lane of south bound 281 from the county line to the airport Rush said In the rain the diesel on the roadway made the right lane really Rush said The spill was believed to be the cause of a minor traffic collision in Blanco County the fire fighter said A Texas Department of Transportation crew spread sand on the spill from the county line southward to where the truck stopped There was no environ mental danger Rush said the semitruck was haul ing a bulk tank of milk explodes CANYON gas explosion brought Canyon Lake firefighters to a Purgatory Road home late Wednesday morning Canyon Lake Capt Hank Shear said fire fighters were called to the residence at around 11 They arrived to find that a gas explosion in a stove blew its door open and left a flash burn on adjacent gypsum wallboard but caused no other damage UPCOMING MEETINGS SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS REGIONAL WATER PLANNING GROUP meeting to dis cuss comments on the Initially Prepared Region L Plan 9 Monday in the San Antonio River Authority Board Room 100 E Guenther San Antonio NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL workshop with 4B board meeting Monday New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave COMAL COUNTY COM MISSIONERS COURT special meeting Tuesday 3rd floor Comal County Courthouse Annex 150N SeguinAve NEW BRAUNFELS HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX COMMITTEE 7 Tuesday conference I room A New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave COMAL COUNTY COM MISSIONERSCOURT I special workshop meeting PreLegislative Confer I ence 8 Wednesday c Nov 29 Omni Southpark Hotel 4140 Row Austin Advent Vespers Advent Vespers singers rehearse on Nov 16 for their chorale celebration taking place at 7 Sunday at First Baptist Church on Cross Street The invitation to participate is given to all young and notsoyoung who enjoy the sacred music of New Braunfels Music Study Club traditionally has sponsored this concert on the first Sunday of Advent of the first Sunday of December The freewill offering is used to award a scholar ship to a graduating senior who plans a music career CHRIS LBJ aides will address SWT Tuesday night SAN MARCOS TVo pro teges of the nations 36th presi dent will give the Lyndon B Johnson Distinguished Lecture at Southwest Texas State University on Tuesday Nov 28 George Christian who served Johnson as press secretary 1966 69 and Harry J Middleton staff assistant to Johnson 196769 and now director of the LBJ Library will give a joint lecture on The Return of LBJ in the Alkek Teaching Theater at The theater is adjacent to the Albert B Alkek Library The public is invited Before joining the White House staff in 1966 Christian was chief of staff for Gov Price Daniel and press secretary for Gov John B Connally He began his career as a sports editor and wire service reporter after gradu ating from the University of Texas at Austin He is a native of Austin and a Marine combat vet eran of World War II Christian is vice chairman of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation former chairman of the Texas Historical Commission and a member of the boards of the Headliners Foundation McDonald Observatory Scott and White Memorial Hospital and the Texas State Museum LBJ SERIES WHO LBJ press secre tary George Christian and staff assistant Harry J Middleton WHAT Lyndon B Johnson Distinguished Lecture WHEN Tuesday WHERE Southwest Texas State University Alkek Teaching Theater next to Albeit B Alkek Library After Johnson left the White House in 1969 Middleton remained his special assistant through the preparation of his memoirs The Vantage Before joining the White House staff he worked as an Associated Press reporter in New York a magazine news editor and freelance writer for publica tions such as Life Readers Digest Sports Illustrated and Cosmopolitan He is a native of Iowa a gradu ate of Louisiana State University and a veteran of World War II and Korea Gruene a mild scene for shopfoers 1A BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer If shoppers pulled any elbows in Gruene yesterday it happened accidentally a result of old friends bumping into each other and hugging just a little too quick ly Shoppers strolled brick side walks in near 60degree tempera tures under a sunny sky dotted with clouds stretched out like torn cotton balls There were no fights over scoot ers no bad feelings over stolen parking spaces and no driving from store to store in search of a better deal on a 25inch television Its so nice shopper Janie Rosas who drove up from San Antonio said I learned my lesson two years ago I drove all over town at the crack of dawn for a Furbie my daughter stopped playing with three days after Christmas bought my scooter a few weeks ago and now Im just enjoying this beautiful day with my Texas Homegrown retail associ ate Sharran Schaefer taught sec ond grade for more than 20 years but enjoys her new job in what she described as the laid back shop ping district Its completely Schaefer said You get to meet people There are chairs and benches if you get tired If you have a lot of energy you can stay oyer and go to Gruene Hall If you get really tired you can stay in a bed and In Gruene Outfitters shoppers mulling over gift options had plen ty of space to work with I know Im going to pay a little more but I also know Im not going to find this kind of stuff in a chain shopper Mark Rogers said Certainly shoppers will not find much made of plastic in the Gruene shopping district But they will find handmade and import items Next weekend more than 100 vendors will participate in Gruenes Christmas Market Days on Dec 2 and Dec 3 Christmas Market Days orga nizers bring together merchandise food and entertainment to create a different environment from the mall or outlet experience The event takes place from 10 to 6 Saturday and The streets and shops will be decked out in holiday gear and at 6 on Saturday the merchants and guests can watch a lighting ceremony Cowboy Kringle a Santa wear ing a cowboy hat will ride into town on a horse during the cere mony People find things they have never Schaefer said from Joseph Landa in New Braunfels for use on Postal Route 6285 Self said His stage stop in Selma was part of the passenger and mail route from Indianola to San Anto nio Because of the intertwined history of Comal County with the City of Selma Posse members have decided to participate in Selma Heritage Days by carry ing the proclamation on horse back through Comal Self explained Sheriffs Posse riders began the 30mile trip as a Pony Express style relay at the HaysComal County line on FarmtoMarket Road 2439 hi New Braunfels nine posse members rode in parade from the Faust Street Bridge up Seguin Avenue to the Main Plaza From there they rode down San Antonio Street to the Comal County Sheriffs office where the single rider relays began again We dont have a Pony Express or anything but I thought this would be a good thing to Self said Were doing this to bring Comal County into Selma Her itage The Comal County Sheriffs Posse with more than 100 mem bers probably is not as well known today as it was a few years ago The Posse was founded in 1959 by Sheriff Walter Fellers Self said in days when he did not have many reserve deputies In its early days the Posse members were sworn peace officers who worked on rough terrain search and res cue operations 1A Only this time beginning at 6 the scooters would sell for under for as long as the sup plies lasted There were two pallets of them stacked six feet high They lasted less than 10 minutes We came to work at 4 and there were people here WalMart employee Esther Herrera said There were kids here for scoot ers at employee Pat Soliz said Following a rousing rendition of the WalMart cheer employees cut the dark plastic that shrouded the sale items and backed out of the way The crowds were wijd a school of maddened shopping sharks who smelled good deals as readily as blood in the water In a couple of places there could have been blood in the aisles Joyce Eichmann is a fifth gener ation New Braunfelser who may have forgotten what a real holiday shopping feeding frenzy is all about It had been many years since she shopped at the beginning of the hol iday rush a day some retail clerks refer to darkly as Black She got to WalMart early to get a pair of scooters for her grandkids early enough to be first at one of the scooter pallets placed at oppo site ends of the store in a failed attempt to dilute traffic I was the first one in Eich mann said I will never come back and shop like this again She said she was struck and kicked by at least one other woman who tried to force her way past to get to the scooters Eichmann got her scooters and had no obvious bruises leaving die impression she had probably given as good as she got in the shopping confrontation I had never dreamt that at my age people could be so overbear she said What WalMart needs to do is give everybody num She was glad she had accom plished what she set out to do and saved at least in the process but she wondered if the effort had been worth it Maybe I should have paid the rather than fight with that she said Less than an hour after the scoot ers sold out at WalMart the scene was repeated at Target just across Interstate 35 by many of the same players The scooters at Target sold for the same price but were a little dif ferent They had plastic decks instead of the aluminum ones and came in florescent reds greens and blues When Target opened at 7 the parking lot was about half full Fifteen minutes later it was three fourths full but the stragglers were too late The fiveCD 100watt home stereos were gone So were the Game Boys the cameras and the wireless phones Target did not yet have any of this years Playstation Twos Mark Stewart was working back in the bicycle section taking scoot ers off the top of a riser after die dis play had already been cleaned out They were running back Stewart exclaimed You should have seen them These scooters are the hottest thing I swear Mini Storage Covered RV Storage 452 FM 306 On Site Resident Manager Security Gate Fence MOVE IN SPECIAL Call or Come By 8306252872 4RYIOM A Sign To Senior Living A Full Service Independent Living Community 1 BA 2 BA and 2 BA Staling at 312 3M4W 4U TOO JL 1615 Redwood Road San Marcos Texas 78666 LAUNMV ROOM MAM SIMVICI TRASH ft MINT PKKUP COUMTMV NUHH ft COUNMLOHS TMAVIL AQINT ft Turn SOCIAL Acnvmit TKAHMKMTATKMI KM NAM 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