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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 3, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 19 36 pages in 4 sections December 3 2000 Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE tourney New Braunfels High School students got to participate in some holiday golfing in the CISD golf tournament Saturday at Landa homes Looking for a special holiday treat this Christmas season Come visit the delightful and festive homes on this years yuletide tour of Cloudy windy chilly Saturday BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Nippy wind chills and clouds cloaked Texas Saturday but conditions should begin to warm up by the second half of the weekend Low temperatures early Saturday morning ranged from 18 degrees in Dai hart to 63 in Port Isabel By late after noon temperatures warmed to the 30s in the Panhandle and the 50s in parts of South Texas Northerly winds from 5 to 20 mph sent wind chills Saturday to minus 3 degrees in Guadalupe Pass A warming trend will continue Sunday but another cold front is expected by midweek Cheer Fund Giving to the Cheer Fund were Alyssa and Chelsea Smith Homer Sloan Phillips Caroline Weston Mail or drop off donations for the Cheer Fund at 707 Landa St in New Braunfels Cheer Fund pro vides food baskets for local needy families INDEX Week SUNDAY Lions share of holiday spirit RON Ron Zipp right shops with Juan Carlos Mon toya for Christmas gifts for his family Saturday at KMart Local club takes children shopping for Christmas gifts BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Juan Carlos Montoya spent Saturday morning as one of Santas helpers The boy looked hard in Kmart trying to find just the right gifts for his brother Ricardo mom Angie and father Mario While he did all this Ron Zipp pushed a shopping cart for him every so often offering a suggestion Montoya 10 a Memorial Intermediate fourthgrader worked on finding a gift for his brother first because it was the easiest Zipp local attorney and member of the Breakfast Lions Club followed Montoya to the toy section of the store He talked a lit tle as Juan Carlos browsed Zipp was out with about 25 young friends and a like number of sponsors Saturday on the annual Breakfast Lions Clubs Christmas shopping trip For Zipp Saturdays out ing is one of the most per sonally rewarding things he does each year Its fulfilling because you help children under stand giving gifts for See Waiting for life Former NB man on list for liver transplant BY JOHNNY STEPHEN LEWIS HeraldZeitung correspondent HOUSTON In addition to baking food for the holidays Ann Nicholson is making hundreds of homemade coffee cakes to save the life of her husband Larry Nicholson The cakes a secret fam ily recipe are being sold to raise to pay for a liver trans plant that doctors say Nicholson former owner of the Wild Goose Wood Shop in New Braunfels needs by January to live Donating your organs is a heck of a Nicholson said over the oxygen tank that he uses to help him breathe I think its the greatest thing man can do for his fellow man But I guess some people are scared of how theyll look in the Because organ allocation is based on proximity Nicholson sold his business and moved to Houston near the transplant center where he awaits a donor Nicholson contracted HepatitisC in 1962 after an accident that resulted in 19 blood transfusions one of which was tainted with the liver To Help An account has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank 1000 N Walnut New Braunfels TX 78130 under the name Benefit Fund for Larry The account number is 0662763176 A benefit golf tournament and auction are planned for Jan 20 at Sundance Golf Course For information about donating auction items or participat ing call Kim JankowskCat 625 3548 Photo courtesy of Houston Chronicle Larry Nicholson contracted HepatitisC in 1962 after an accident which required that he take blood transfusions Today he is badly in need of a liver transplant by January to continue his life debilitating disease The accident occurred decades before blood dona tions were tested for such diseases Nicholson was diagnosed with the disease in 1997 but doctors chose not to conduct a biopsy on the liver It was not until a hernia surgery in March of this year that a doctor saw the severity of Nicholsons liver con dition something that otherwise might not have been detected It was just said his son Randy Nicholson or an act of Nicholson was put on the waiting list for a new liver in August after undergoing a relatively new proce dure heat ablation which made him a viable candidate for a transplant There was something about that See NBs Wassailman gets a name BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer It took the mind of a 9yearold to discover the secret identity of the WassailMan Jolly Willie Wassail The WassailMan is the logo for the annual Wassailfest an annual downtown event in which busi nesses open their doors to the pub lic to sample a juice and spice drink called wassail Wassailfest promises night of holiday Wassailfest stops For years the WassailMan was nothing but a nameless face This year however the New Braunfels Main Street Wassailfest 2000 Committee decided to change that The committee invited local school children to participate in a contest to name the WassailMan There was some creativity in Wassailfest Committee Chairman John Green said Aaron Smith a third grade stu dent at Seele School won with the entry Jolly Willie It took me a long time to think of it the Aaron said Then 1 thought the WassailMan was probably pretty jolly then just give him a name like Aaron drew from a movie he likes Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to create the name My mom helped me a Aaron admitted School officials told Aaron that he had won the contest on See Gov Bush declares Im soon to be the meets with GOP Congressional BUSH Wasser Strasse 3rd round BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Fewer than 10 people attended the last of three public meetings about the proposed Comal Riv er Wasser Strasse Saturday morning at the Schlit terbahn Recreation Room NBGS International a sister company to Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort is the force behind the proposed transportation system and river walk Weve had some good input and ideas that we hadnt thought NBGS president Mike Jaroszewski said Now that the public meetings are over the project leaders will focus on completing a busi ness plan to present to the city council next year Its a very big project and we expect to be pretty much consumed with that for the next few Communications Director Sherrie Brammall said In a room split almost evenly between NBGS International representatives and concerned cit izens Jaroszewski and project director Bob Sohn answered questions about parking the river walk structure and flood control plans One man said he did not want the Wasser Strasse to turn the Comal River into what the San Antonio River has become in downtown San Antonio I think how much prettier the Comal is than the San Antonio he said Bill Baskerville who sits on two city com mittees suggested Wasser Strasse planners talk to the Texas Department of Transportation and coordinate projects TxDOT wants to widen Baskerville said If they do widen it you should address that with them now Its a very dangerous street to cross and maybe you could work something out with them It would be great for us to be able to walk See WASSER Aaron Smith a thirdgrader at Seele School won the contest to name the WassailMan for the upcoming Wassail Fest in New Braunfels downtown plaza K JESSIE SLATEN HeraldZeitung