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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas 28 2003 HIGH HONORS District champions Smithson Valley Rangers earn top honors for trrajr performance on the field and in class Page 6A COUPON HES FESTIVE The snowman of the week at Lacks is a festive fellow decked in winter garb Hes this week Page 7A Comal County since 1862 14 pages 2 sections wwwj High 60 Details Low 29 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4fiB COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A DIGEST 2A SPORTS 67A 3B FRONT and CENTER sweets on the move Volunteers feed hundreds for Thanksgiving By Ron Maloney Writer HappyThanksgiving Happy Thanks giving Father Gene Ronan stood outside Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish center shaking hands and greeting parishioners Didyou get anything to eat he asked time and again TOSrsnT DAY i invalids shutins hospital police and fire and con valescent home patients were seryed free Thanks giving meals in New Braunfels Thursday prepared with months of planning and preparation by hundreds of volun At the West End Community Center volunteers served 90 turkeys 300 Ibs of mashed potatoes 60 gallon cans of string beans They lost count of cakes and pies teers from 26 churches the school dis tricts and residents Another several them in the Canyon Lake area provided by vet erans and volunteers At Our Lady of Perpetual Help about 500 were served both in the parish hall and on the road I told Father Gene that I would do whatever he neededof me and this was the first mission he gave said vol unteer Sam Cholico purLady began the Thanksgiving min is try three years ago and last year threw ip withthe West End Community Centers massive effort While many were fed the sense at Our Lady was that some of their own in their neighborhood fell through the cracks A lot of people from our parish had Tara Schaeht 8 offers desserts Thursday at the Westside Community Centers Thanksgiving din See MEALS page 3A ner Above left Raven Leeder adds cranberries to Photos by DAVID a plate as Amanda Lopez waits to add vegetables to one of the more than 400 plates served at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Sly Bush sneaks to Baghdad in night Troops have holiday lunch with president By Terrence Hunt AP White House Correspondent BAGHDAD Iraq President Bush flew to Iraq under extraordinary secrecy and security Thursday to spend Thanks giving with troops and thank them for defending the American people from The unannounced visit brought wild cheers from battle worn soldiers stunned the nation and even surprised some in the presidents own family who had been expect 77 r inghimattheThanks George W Bush giving table at his Crawford Texas ranch Iraq promised that insurgents testing Americas commitment will not be rewarded with a retreat We did not charge hundreds of miles into the heart of Iraq pay a bitter cost of casualties defeat a ruthless dictator and liberate 25 million people only to retreat before a band of mugs and Bush told about 600 soldiers from the 1st Armored Division and the 82nd Air borne The troops had been told only that they were gathered for Thanksgiving dinner with a VIP guest in the mess hall at Bagh dad International Airport See BUSH Page 3A COMING SUNDAY Grocers see lots of customers with short lists By Ron Malpney The Tlwiksgiving tables set the guests are milling about and there it is or more like ly there it isnt Local store managers reported Thursday you forgotten Kostan sajd Were seeing very smaJJ orders a Jot of traffic but not large Kostan said dinner rolls pies and a few centerpjeciBs were selling as well m pre pared turkey dinners Bakery seemj to bjg item Kostaji said Its although not great refejpts What theyre buying most to fee lastminute or B closed at g so its employees eould spend time with their families At ifce JfendyAjjdy on Lajj da Street assistant manager store would be open until 10 pm but that staff was working half shifts Theres a few people stir ring but it usually startsi dying out after i or 2 the games Whitehead said Theyre buying ice cajrmed pumpkin canned cranberry sauce and extra pies and Ajbertsons grocery er James Mjtchell said his store sold s palette oHee and U Thursday In produce theyre asking for celery and green onions for Mitchell said In floral we sold a lot of flow ers In grocery we sold soda and beer and a lot of peanut Mitchell said the peanut oil was for frying turkeys Everybodys out j ran out at He said to mejt department he said ingredients for gibiet gravy were a big mover In the service deii sold a lot af precooked turkeys tet of people didnt want to Mitchell said Downtown HewBraunfela
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