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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 23, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas AJNFELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 36 22 pages in 3 sections December 23 2000 O TD Serving Comal County since 1852 Comal law enforcement urges safety awarness SO cents CHRIS Sophienburg Museums St Nicholas said he enjoys helping children believe in the magic and spirit of Christmas just a little longer Stories from St Nick fill NB museum BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer For 27 years the Sophienburg Museum has opened its doors on Dec 5 the eve of the feast of St Nicholas and invited New Braunfels in to listen to a story that would send chills down any naughty childs back And for 27 years museum hosts have tried to keep secret the identity of the New Braunfels resident portraying St Nicholas Over the past 27 years weve only had a handful of St Sophienburg exec utive director Michelle Oatman said We have wonderful volunteers who seem to enjoy doing it for the community as much as we enjoy hosting it for the Its not like going to a mall and standing in line to have a 10 photo taken of your Oatman said We have second and third generations coming to The tradition has passed between genera tions of residents and this years St Nicholas said has enjoyed being a part of the legacy for about 10 years the adults dont recognize me and thats always the Sophienburg St Nick said The black boots red robe and gray beard that comprise St Nicholas costume turns even the friendliestfaced fellow into an imposing figure who among other things hands out switches to bad children You see the little faces of the kids when they come up theyre the Sophienburg St Nicholas said The man who has donned the costume for 10 years says make no mistake St Nicholas is no Santa Claus Santa Claus is more of a Ho ho jolly old elf whereas St Nicholas is a little more he said Legend says St Nicholas actually was a pair of men from the same town both named Nicholas that roamed the countryside per forming good deeds On Dec 5 one of them would visit a fami lys home and let the children know if they deserved treats After knocking on the door and being invited inside St Nicholas would See St BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer In this weekends last minute holiday shop ping law enforcement officials want residents to be sure to remember not to leave safety con sciousness at home Deputy Tim Kolbe crime prevention officer for the Comal County Sheriffs Office had a lit tle advice for late shoppers Friday Much of our advice would be the obvious standard safety things like making sure you lock your car Kolbe said My goodness make sure you take your keys out of your car and always lock your vehicles even if parked under the carport at he said Kolbe said the holidays are a very busy time for criminals particularly burglars and that includes parking lot burglars Just because its the holiday season doesnt mean crime takes a Kolbe said You need to be especially careful particularly at the shopping We notice a lot of vehicle Kolbe said Obviously its late in the shopping season See K JESSIE Grant Gisler stares through a store window in Gruene Friday after noon admiring the toy train under the Christmas tree Mousy Christmas Mickey fan shows devotion with holiday decorations BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Debbie Pogue isnt just Mickey Mousing around about Christmas no matter what her home might look like From the outside her stone house looks almost like any other The front door however hints at the pre occupation Pogue has with a certain small mouse who wears gloves and black pants A red Christmas wreath in the shape of Mickey Mouses head hangs on the front door But its what lies behind the door that probably makes even Santa Claus pause and look when he slides down Pogues chimney Pictures of Mickey and Minnie Mouse decorate her living room walls Two small Mickey Mouse disco balls hang from the ceiling fan Mickeys and Minnies faces and the images of their friends Goofy and Donald Duck hail from Christmas stockings hanging from the chimney mantle A Mickey Mouse telephone sits in one corner near what probably would be a lifesize statue of a golf ing Mickey if Mickey were real A Minnie Mouse dressed in holiday attire stands nearby One wall holds a curio cabinet of hundreds of Mickey Mouse fig urines On top of the cabinet Mickey and his friends repeatedly ski down an automated ski slope pausing only when one of the plastic figures falls off its track The ski slope is situated around a small tree decorated with Mickey Mouse ornaments that Pogue made herself from small figurines I have stuff from Russia Czechoslovakia Hawaii the Bahamas I have it from every she said Its been a fun thing to collect Eighteen years of collecting is a long For Pogue Christmas means a col lision between two things she loves K JESSIE Debbie Pogues obsession with Mickey Mouse manifests itself with her holiday decorations Pogue who has diabetes and heart problems says Christmas and Mickey Mouse are her two favorite things dearly Christmas and Mickey Mouse Her living room is decorated with Mickey Mouse paraphernalia year round But she takes some items down at Christmas to make room for her special Mickey Mouse Christmas decorations Pogues fascination with Mickey Mouse didnt develop until adult hood My dad was military and we were everywhere all over she said I liked Mickey but we werent really allowed to col lect something and have to pack it up and move it everywhere we had to She discovered Mickey Mouse in a pawnshop about 18 years ago Pogue said she was at the pawn shop with a friend when she saw the See SANTA LETTERS Find out what New Braunfels youngsters want for Christmas in their letters to Santa inside todays special section brought to you by the HeraldZeitung and HEB Food County honors tax collector for service BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Sheriff Bob Holder well remembers the day he met Gloria Clennan about a quarter of a century ago Holder then a supervisor in the Department of Public Safety had an office in the old county Courthouse annex building I came here as a new much younger highway patrol supervisor in Holder said We bought everything in bulk and wed just pur chased 36 tires to put on patrol cars The troopers and I began rolling them up the stairs Id never met Gloria but I met her that Holder remembered He also remembered what shed said to him about the smelly tires It wasnt a good start I wondered how our relationship would be that Holder said He soon found out Its been Holder said Well miss you Holder was one of many county officials and employees who honored Clennan Thursday on the eve of her retirement Clennan defeated in the Nov 7 election by Republican Sherman Krause retires on Dec 31 after 24 years in office Krause joined the packed crowd Thursday in the commissioners courtroom See INSIDE Coming Sunday Tis better to give than to receive and New Braunfels has plenty of ways you can give this holiday 1C Driving during the holidays can be dangerous FROM STAFF REPORTS About 61 million Americans are expect ed to take to the road this weekend to dri ve home for the holidays wherever home might be The good news is that the American Automobile Association offTexas reports gas prices have dipped a little in this state in recent weeks Texans will pay on aver age IS cents per gallon less for fuel than motorists elsewhere and 25 cents per gal lon less than last year The bad news according to the Texas Department of Public Safety is that the roads are still just as dangerous as ever This year public safety ant Texas Stranded Motorist Helpline 800 5255555 or for cell customers dial DPS Department of Transportation officials say all available patrol officers will be on the streets and highways looking for drunken drivers Last December 83 people died in alco holrelated accidents in Texas and were injured Susan Bryant TxDOT traffic safety director advised that everyone who will be out where people are drinking designate a sober driver for the trip home If alcohol is involved in their holiday celebrations were reminding people not to get behind the wheel if theyve been drink Bryant said Locally the DPS will be stepping up holiday patrols as well People need to buckle up slow down and be sure to designate a said Highway Patrol Capt Joe Hamilton of San Antonio We repeat the same words each year and each year people neglect to take their own safety into account and pay a terrible price The last thing we want to do this holiday season is knock on some one Is door and tell them a loved one has See
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