Wednesday, December 1, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 1, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas DECEMBER 2004 DECEMBER 2004 JTJi SWIIT UIFTS Presents of sweets serve as personal expressions of Page 1B FORUM LITTIRS Readers sound off on war in convention center dis and recent Reese Page 6A New and Comal County since 14 14 2 sections CK i Mostly sunny High Low 60 38 Details2B DEAR ABBY 48 CLASSIFIEDS Ml COMICS 38 CROSSWORD 11 FORUM 6A OBITUARIES IA SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 4i Investigators find cause of explosion By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Investigators Tuesday believe they discovered the cause of the explosion that critically injured a couple Sunday destroy ing the home theyd just moved Comal County Fire Mar shal Lin Manford said the in which Britton Ware and his Susie were was caused by a gas shutoff valve behind a clothes The Wares were flown to Brooke Army Medical Cen where an official said Monday both were in criti cal Their condi tion was not available Tues Investigators with the Texas Railroad Commission and Comal County Fire Mar shals office have determined the origin of the explosion using physical evidence and burn Manford An uncapped shutoff valve located behind the electric clothes dryer was the See Page 2A No signs of foul play found in mans death By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 65yearold man found dead Mon day alongside the Dry Comal Creek was believed to have died of natural Police JesseVillarreal said Fortunate Villarreal was found by a Union Pacific Bob Parchman got a call that the railroad people were doing their daily line checks and observed what appeared to be a human body down at the creek along the creek Villarreal He had Police officers called to the scene observed no signs of foul The who had been in New Braunfels for more than 25 was a baker at Naegelins Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Diana Guerrero pronounced him dead at Villarreal An autopsy was ordered and is being performed at the Travis County Medical Examiners Villarreal Playoff fever Smithson Valley High School football battles San Antonio Taft in regional Trustees approve 3 of Reaves goals By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Five weeks after first discussing New Braunfels Independent School District trustees finally approved three of Superintendent Ron Reaves1 200405 They could not come to agreement on the fourth goal creating a cus tomer friendly environment across the Trustees agreed district employees needed to be more friendly to parents and members of the but they continued to struggle with finding an appropriate way to hold Reaves accountable for the districts overall customer service During the next two board members will submit suggestions to Trustee Rob who has been charged with creating a list of measur able President Jorge Maldonado said he hoped the board would be able to approve the benchmarks and the SPECIAL DELIVERY Holiday Stamps Photos by DAVID Sales associate Lisa Hardy helps a customer at the New Braunfels post office Tuesday With the arrival of the holiday sea post office lines get longer as customers wait their turn to mail their Post office gets jump start on season DID YOU By Leigh Jones Staff Writer With a Christmas package in Emily Roosa stood in line at the New Braunfels post office for 15 minutes during her lunch hour Mon She was waiting to have her box stamped and entered in the holiday mailing Its a present for my sister in Roosa Im bringing it early to make sure it gets there by Roosas package should be in good shape the dead line for shipping packages via parcel post to Europe is not until While Roosa is ahead of the most New Braun felsers wait until next Mon day to bring their holiday Customer service supervisor Frank Christensen helps Nancy Peevyhouse with the preparation of a package to be mailed to Hawaii Tuesday afternoon at the self service machine in the lobby of the New Braunfels post shipments to the post office volume of mail we said Acting Postmaster During the next three Carole Expect visits we will triple the to last a little longer on those i Postal workers do what they can to make waiting tol including piping cheery oldies music over the zigzag but frustrations rise quickly when people j have places to go and other shopping to i This the post office is i offering a new alternative to j the wait the automated postal Nancy Peevyhouse i bypassed the line of waiting i customers and walked right j up to the APC in the i She placed her package on i the entered the delivery i zip code using an onscreen touch pad and selected the delivery With the help of Supervisor Frank her box See Page 2A HOLIDAY PACKAGE DEADLINES To ensure packages and cards arrive by observe these Postal Service holiday mailing dead lines 15Parcel post 20 First Class 22 Priority Mail 23 Express Mail Make sure your box is safe to mail the post office will not accept any packages contain ing liquor or haz ardous materials or items packed in old liquor or cleaning supply Web site holiday Wassailfest steeped in history 2004 CHEER FUND Donations are still being accepted for the 2004 Cheer To donate Stop by the HeraJd Zeitung office at 707 Unda between 8 and 6 Monday through Friday or matt a check made out to the New Braunfels Harald Zeitung to Cheer 707 Unda before By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Conceived as a holiday open house by downtown merchants 1 1 years Wassailfest has evolved into a communitywide Christmas time It was a Main Street project intended to showcase downtown said Carol who has participated in Wassailfest since It was coined Wassail fest the first year it and almost people participated in Last over people attended an incredible kind of like a Norman Rockwell homecoming where people see friends they TIME TO CELEBRA1E Throughout the wassail has been part of Christmas fes A brief history of the word wassail and recipe are on Page havent seen for a long This years Wassailfest begins at Thursday at Main and continues until 9 Downtown merchants will be open and more than 50 wassail stops vvUl be located throughout the down town From 6 to 9 San Antonio Street will be blocked off from North Market Avenue to South Academy and Seguin Avenue will be blocked off from Mill Street to Coll Mayor Adam the New Braunfels City Council and the Was sailfest committee will lead a kick off Its my favorite event of the Christ mas Cork You see people of all ages who come out to enjoy Main Street Manager Jan Soecht ing said the annual event traditional ly kicks off the holiday Its a unique and Im excit ed the weather is going to cooperate this she And this year weve expanded the event one block to include the old city had building on North Seguin Avenue at Mill See WASSAJLFf ST 2A