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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 24, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 37 28 pages in 4 sections December 24 2000 Q TXJpv Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Deck materials No matter the type of ornament from expensive collectibles to those with faces only a mother could love each seems to carry special meaning Find out which ornaments are favorites among local Looking ahead As the high school football playoffs wind down with four state championship games on Saturday Comal County focus es on next season Junior quar terbacks Craig Crow and Laron Bybee ready themselves for the 2001 White Christmas in Texas Maybe BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Some Texans might be in for a white Christmas maybe up to 4 inches of it The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the Texas Panhandle because of the approaching storm The central and eastern parts of Texas remained mostly cloudy with some light rain and drizzle reported over the eastern portions of the region Temperatures were in the 40s and 50s Afternoon temperatures ranged from the 40s in the Panhandle to the 60s over the mid and lower coastal plains INDEX Week Glimpse Christmas solar eclipse WASHINGTON AP The moons shadow will appear to take a Christmas Day bite out of the sun on Monday giving Americans a rare look at a partial solar eclipse moon is positioned between the sun and the Earth This casts a lunar shad ow on the Earths surface and obscures the solar disk Only part of the suns sphere will be The partial eclipse will be visible covered on Christmas No place on over most of the continental with Earth will see a total eclipse on Mon the best view in the Northeast where about half of the solar disk will be obscured by the moon People in Hawaii or Alaska will not be able to Source Sky A Telescope magazine Emily see it A solar eclipse occurs when the day The sun will be most obscured when viewed from Baffin Island Canada where 72 percent of the solar disk will be covered During a total eclipse the moons dark inner shadow called the umbra strikes the Earth During a partial eclipse only the fainter outer shadow called the penumbra strikes the Earth In Chicago the eclipse begins at CST and reaches its maxi mum when 43 percent of the solar disk is obscured at CST By it is over The American Optometric Associ ation warns that viewers should not use sunglasses smoked glass polar izing filters or photo or Xray film to look at the sun Lastminute shoppers run out of options Trade group says holiday sales are disappointing so K JESSIE Ryan Shelley enjoys a little lastminute Christmas shopping with his mom late Saturday after noon They joined the thousands who flocked to area stores to prepare for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrations BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels resident Kristi Dietert has one word of advice for those who are scouring the aisles of local stores in frenzied desperation today Pray Dietert and her family hit the grocery store and Ross Saturday night shopping for the familys Christmas meal and stocking stuffers for her 13yearold son Ross is open today from 9 to 6 For the most part Dietert appeared to be the model shopper I like to do it all year she said explaining that she had taken her daughter shop ping for clothes months ago But her son is a different story Hes very she said She said she was afraid to buy him pants because they might not be the right color or fall just the way he likes them Im about down to the wire with my Dietert said Waiting until the last minute means dealing with crazy crowds and traffic and Dietert said nothing was where it should be in the stores You have to go around the whole store to find some she said HEB and Target reported large crowds Saturday in spite of a constant light rain that kept the area overcast Target Operations Manager Ray Sweat said the crowd Saturday rivaled or possibly surpassed this past year It may have started out slow he said Saturday night but its finishing strongly Weve been staying steady throughout the Target is open from 8 to 6 today and HEB will remain open until 8 today The grocery store will reopen at 6 Tuesday HEB Operations Manager Jesse Rodriguez said the store had seen walltowall people Saturday Its been crazy Rodriguez said People were buying gro ceries for their holiday din ners with customers all around the store carrying alu minum turkey pans in their shopping carts Rodriguez said people also were finishing off their shop ping lists I saw a lot of customers buying lastminute gifts See NB farmer shares fond Christmas memories BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Even at 92 Erwin Henks memories of Christmas on his family farm on FarmtoMarket Road 1044 are good The Texas Department of Agriculture certified the Henk farm as a Texas Century Farm which means his family has operated the farm for more than 100 years It began with Henks grandfather in 1871 and Henk still raises live stock and hay on the farm today There ire of memories here on this Zettung Erwin Henk 92 stands beside a tree he plant ed in1952 he said My memories are still Henks parents had 11 children whom they raised in a small house at the top of a hill on their farm Two ponds sit nearby and small trees dot the countrysuk See Toye family wrapped up in yuletide BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer What started as a simple Christmas tree with a few gold ornaments has exploded into a city of lights on the front lawn of the Toye residence Mark and Rachael Toye strung up more than lights at 2122 Keystone Drive this year The couple wrapped colored lights in a variety of colors such as red green yellow white and blue around trees fences lawn deco rations and the garage Two fat polar bears with aqua glowing eyes play with a redlit ball inside a fence of candy canes while a snowman one of the newest additions smiles brightly at passersby Even their name pronounced toy seems to evoke the holiday spirit We naJly geu kick out of K JESSIE Mark and Rachael Toye hand down their love of the Christmas season to their children from left Hunter Misty and McKenzie brightening up the conversation Rachael said Its not a competition The familys tradition started in thing just Am and a good   

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