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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 9, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEMiUiLiiJNFELS E C 0 9 2 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 24 16 pages in 2 sections December 9 2000 C TD Serving Comal County since 1852 Court orders recount Bush appeals 50 cents MARGARET EDMONSON Light of my life lights up my holidays This holiday season has been a series of lessons on the science of exterior illumi nation Lesson No 1 Do not try to compete with the neighbors If George W Bush ever needed to find his fathers thousand points of light they are down the hill at my neighbors house They have draped every shrub and bush and tree with colored lights and their yard is festooned with every kind of imaginable yard decoration My husband and I have competitive natures and for three years we have tried to catch up with them But every year they pull out some new yard ornament or find some other place to hang lights Their fuse box must be the size of my upright freezer Which brings us to Lesson No 2 Do not let your vision exceed your fuse box My husband put our Christmas lights out the weekend after Thanksgiving The twoday project required at least one phone call Can you pick up another box of icicle lights for me I thought I had enough to go around the house but Im short two He hung lights from the eaves of our house He trailed lights around the rock patio beneath my porch swing He wrapped trees in the back yard He put chili pepper lights around our native plant bed He even put colored lights in our flameleaf sumac and around the mailbox The only thing he did not put lights on was the skunk that eats cat food on our porch Several nights in a row now weve thrown the GFI switch I cannot use my hair dryer without turning off the Christmas lights outside Lesson No 3 Clearly label bags and boxesof lights before putting them away for next year With all the outdoor lights in place we were left with one bag of lights that my husband swore were tree lights Upon untangling the wires and bulbs however we found out they were icicle lights My suggestion to unwrap some of the x trees outside and use those lights for our Christmas tree fell on deaf ears Instead he said I knew I had enough icicle lights to go all the way around the house Turns out two strands of icicle lights will wrap a 6foot tree pretty well Its not the showiest tree weve ever decorated but itll work Lesson No 4 Do not make suggestions to the party engaged in hanging the Christmas lights Apparently this is a highstress PG13 activity that sometimes requires the use of certain expletives and temper tantrums to make the lights work See BY TERENCE HUNT APWhite House Correspondent At the brink of defeat Al Gore won new life Friday as the divided Florida Supreme Court ordered an immediate hand count of about disputed ballots and put the Democratic candidate within 154 votes of George W Bush in the states seemingly endless presidential contest Bush had been awarded the states elec toral votes less the two weeks ago but the high court ruled 43 to reopen the states vote count The decision came on a tumultuous day when two other Florida courts rebuffed Democratic efforts to find more votes for Gore and the Republi cancontrolled state legislature convened to protect Bushs state certified victory Late Friday Bush campaign attorneys asked the Supreme Court for an GORE emergency stay of the Florida Supreme Court 41page ruling until a federal appeals court in Atlanta could consider the case Bushs appeal said the Florida ruling was unconstitu tional and that the electoral process could suffer material harm if the recounts go forward Democrats went from despair to relief in the course of an hour Friday afternoon and Gore advisers said they fully expected the vice president to overtake Bush in the new vote count At that point they would begin pressur ing the Texas governor to concede defeat much as Bush had attempted to do with Gore Two strikes two outs in the bottom of the ninth and Gore gets a exulted Sen Dick Durbin of Illinois one of the Democrats who had said in advance that an adverse ruling could end Gores hopes BASKETBALL SVwins NBwins Rangers beat Justin Northwest NB Unicorns stop Edison Bears Visions of music NBMA celebrates Gruene Hall with new exhibit K JESSIE Artist Mark Nelson above gessos his canvas of the Groobees at Gruene Hall down in the basement of the New Braunfels Museum of Art Working from hundreds of sketch pads Nelson lays out copies of a drawing that he will replicate for a Gruene Hall exhibit at the museum BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer The latest exhibit to hang in the New Braunfels Museum of Art incorporates two of its wouldbe saviors visions keeping the muse um fresh by replacing a twomonth old exhibit and highlighting Texas music in a visual medium The museums latest exhibit Gruene Hall A Texas runs through Feb 6 A reception from 7 to 10 Saturday will feature The Shelly King Band from Austin and is free to the pub lic NBMA is open 10 to 5 Monday through Friday and noon to 5 Saturday Gruene Hall is the second exhibit to hang since the Hummel Museum traded its name and identi ty to become the New Braunfels Museum of Art By plucking from a sketchbook kept by local artist Mark M Nelson the NBMA has tried to capture the essence of the past 25 years of Gruenes 125year history Nelsons pen and ink sketches are done in rough lines so shaky it almost looks as if the subjects are moving He captures the moment the spirit of the said Charlie Gallagher the museums develop ment director Its not an exhibit of drawings Its an exhibit of journals Hes chronicled the history of Gruene Nelson has spent a lifetime sketching scenes from church school and visits with friends but the drawings on display represent the glimpses of Gruene Hall perfor mances he has attended in the past See Council takes up payasyou throw plan FROM STAFF REPORTS The New Braunfels City Council will consid er an ordinance implementing a proposed payas youthrow garbage plan Monday The ordinance must be approved three times before it becomes law Council meets at at the New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave The citys recycling committee proposed the plan to reduce the amount of waste going to a landfill and increase participation in the citys recycling program The proposed plan would not change the monthly fee MEETING WHO New Braunfels City Council WHAT Proposed payasthrow plan WHEN Monday WHERE council chambers New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave residents pay for twiceaweek garbage collection or the monthly fee for onceaweek recy cling It would however establish more strict regulation of the amount of trash residents can leave by the curb Under current regulations residents can leave the equivalent of three 30gallon cans of garbage at the curb for each collection However infor mation from the committee said that sanitation workers occasionally will pick up excess loads to accommodate The proposed plan would continue to allow residents to leave the equivalent of three 30gal lon cans at the curb for each collection However garbage above the limit would not be collected unless a sticker the city would issue is attached to the trash bag or containers Extra garbage without a sticker would not be collected and residents would be required to remove uncol lected garbage the day of trash pickup The committee has proposed giving each garbage customer one set of five garbage stickers when the program is implemented New cus tomers also would get one set free The ordinance council will consider Monday does not address the cost of additional stickers However the committee has proposed that sets of five stickers cost each The stickers would be available at city hall and other locations INSIDE Key Code 76 Coming Sunday tie another bow check out Aow the experts wrap their tidings of joy with instructions on tying the perfect holiday bowJiyestyle 1C United Way fundraiser needs donation boost BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The United Way of Comal County is still short of its goal heading into its traditional holiday conclusion Friday United Way of Comal County Executive Director Joe Rogers said his agency still needed more than to reach its goal Wed like to end our drive this month but as usual some of our big industrial employers dont finish their drives until Rogers said Many residents work in San Antonio and the United Way of Comal County RON United Way president Jonathan Hull accepts a check for from Marguerite Macke of New Braunfels Utilities will not know until January how much money collected in fundraising drives there was earmarked for here Anyone making a donation outside the county is asked to include the Comal County United Ways identification num ber 825 for it to be credited here In Comal County the United Way sup ports 25 civic groups and agencies that serve the needy elderly and children They include the SOS Food Bank Community Service Center Comal County Emergency Childrens Shelter the Bulverde Senior Center and many others Of the money raised only leaves Comal County to support state and national United Way efforts This is the season when everyones See UNITED
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