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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 26, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                MOST VALUABLE Defensive stalwarts Pawelek picked as MVPs for Smithson Valley Rangers football SA SAFETY FIRST If you 0op off fireworks to cele brate the you have a responsibility to your neighbors to do it 4 A Braunfeis and Coma County since 12 2 sections CK www 500 Partly cloudy High Low 71 59 Details IB 3B DEAR ABBY CLASSlflEDS COMICS 26 CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A SPORTS TV GRIDS 56A 38 FRorarand CENTER Truck stop waitstaff serves Christmas cheer Truck drivers dorft brake for holiday neither do the folks at Rip Griffins By Ron Maloney Staff Writer vAt Rip Griffins Travel Center north of New the motto Home is closer than you For travelers and truck drivers who pulled into the truck stop Thursday Rips was a stop on the way home either their home or someone For a Rips is nearly indis tinguishable from The truck last year chosen as one of the countrys 10 best by the Travel is always open 24 hours a 365 days a and Christmas Day is one of business was bustling with local restaurant regulars and lastminute be they the truckdriving kind or the ones going home to see mom for the working her recenf ly gotback into waitressirig for fun and a little Vickery poured coffee and took a breakfast order for a Thomas Shepherd John and Tammy Mil regulars who operate T J Truck Polishing and TNT Truck a detailing business located at the truck wash across from Before I hadnt waited tables since the she Td been work ing in doctors My neighbor works here and said it was fun and they were I Why not While Vickery saw to a few other tables in the busy dining Shepherd and the Milburnes talked about Christmas and working on the Up at the kitchen Vickery was looking for their wagging a steak knife in one watching the line All all she Lets get with the program here The cook didnt look but began set ting plates of pancakes in the Thank you Vickery said to the cook in an exaggerated tone that did less than demonstrate appreciation gotten the order for the Milburne John Mjjbume didnt notice and didnt He was See TRUCK Page 3A Leave trees at curb for recycling From Staff Reports For the first New Braunfeis garbage crews will collect live Christ mas trees curbside starting The live Christmas trees will be picked up on the regular green waste collection days along with leaves and other yard said Public Works Director Mike We encourage res idents to take advantage of this oppor tunity to recycle their Christmas trees along with their yard Short said Christmas trees must be placed at the curbside and cannot be wrapped in any plastic or have any orna ments or wiring All nails should be removed from the he Flocked trees will not be and trees taller than 7 feet should be The trees cannot be mixed with other Short said residents who do not receive curbside garbage collection can drop off their live Christmas trees through midIanuary for recycling at a special dropoff site at the Olympic Swimmmg Pool parking lot next to Lan da After we collect the theyll be transported to the Comal County Rural Recycling where theyll be Short Residents can pick up free mulch from 8 to 2 Monday through Trees collected in Landa Park also will be recycled into mulch for the citys Short RIEBECCA Above Dee Vickery searves up hot breakfast with a smile to hungry patrons Thomas Tammy Thursday at Rip Griffins Travel Top Jamie Cruzan cooks dishes to the and serves up Procrastinators flock to drug store for final gifts REBECCA enf gMhtor SUbert Mplina rings up By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Andi HolUngsworth thought She had her holiday shopping wired which is to say all done until she talked to her grandmother Christmas A student in San HolUngsworth talks to her Houston resi dent Heidi quite a She also strives to be the favorite Pf ssyernj grandcbtt she Its aJJ ahjput being number said Andis Seguin resident Constance When it comes to brownie Andi reiuc shed do anything to please her its about brownies for her mom hundreds of others Tjiuisday kept cash registers ringing at Rip Coffins and either buying iast mtete holiday gifts pr last mjnutf hfiJidiy food or Louis Martinez and his sis were shopping at Walgreens Thursday but for different Louis had a personal compact disc Its for my he Hes the last i bought all the other neigh bors something except this His sister got her holiday shopping done she She was picking up a few food I think if you have to if you got paid Christmas Eve or Christmas its good to come she Maybe you wont get what someone really but if you at least got them thats what counts its the A couple of aisles New Braunfeis resident Robert Buckler was weighing scented Im on a mission for marshmailows and things like that which weve Buckler They could get forgotten See Page 3A Always always working for you   

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