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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 9, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas DECEMBER DECEMBER ALDZEITUNG 1IIIWMJ IP SPORTS FOOTBALL Smithson Valley taking level headed approach against opponent in Saturdays foot ball state Page 7A John FORUM COLUMN Guest columnist Stuart McLennan writes how it is time for patriotic citizens to express their Page 6C County since 16 2 sections CLICK j Mostly sunny High Low 69 42 DetailsIB DEAR ABBY CLASSIFIEDS M COMICS 21 CROSSWORD 21 FORUM 6A OBITUARIES 1A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS M By Ron Maloney Staff Writer New Braunfels police chief Russ Johnson told a city advisory committee arking time limit wont help Wednesday he didnt believe a twohour time limit would improve downtown The Main Street Advisory Committee and its subcom mittees met in joint session to hear Johnsons recom At the request of retail business the Main Street committee has been talking for months about possible solutions to down town parking Over the past the Main Street office has sent out two letters asking busi ness owners to encourage their employees to park in back lots off the Retailers are concerned while there is plenty of parking on side streets and in lots behind many busi customers will drive by and shop elsewhere if they dont see an empty space near the front of a See Page 2A RINGING IN CHEER Salvation Army volunteers help with kettles DIDYOU HAVE A BIT OF SPARE TIME The Salva tion Army still has openings for bell People with two hours to spare are asked to call SALVATION ARMY TRADITION The tradi tion of the red kettle began in 1891 when Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee decided he wanted to raise money to feed Christmas dinner to San Fran ciscos He placed a pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing with a sign that Keep the Pot Enough donations came in to pay for the rood he needed By 1897 the idea had spread around the and the Salva tion Army raised enough monevto feed needy peo ple at Christ By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Leonard Kramer has been a Salvation Army volunteer long enough to know there is more than one way to ring a I try to vary the but I dont carry a he Kramer might not ring his bell to the beat of a Christmas favorite like Jingle but his jaunty cadence gets shoppers attention without grating on their The real trick is to ring with out getting My muscles do get he When that I ring with the other hand or stand on the other Clad in his Salvation Army red apron and Lions Club Kramer on both out side Big Lots for two hours taking donations in his shiny Kramer is one of 300 volun teers recruited by the Salvation Army to ring bells outside major retailers during the weeks leading up to In New shoppers will find the red kettles outside Big Lots on Granzins Meat Local churches and civic organizations provide most of the ringing manpower volun teers sign up to work in twohour five per Salvation Army Center Man ager Judy Baker said many of the same people volunteer every We have such caring commu nity members she the volunteers really enjoy their time a member of the Noon Lions has been ringing his bell for several years and said his favorite part of volunteering was the people he 1 get to see a lot of people and speak to Sometimes I even See Page 3A Photos by DAVID Leonard Kramer stands watch over his Salvation Army kettle outside Big Lots Wednesday Ruben Monsiviar drops some spare change into the Salvation Army kettle outside Big Lots as volun teer Leonard Kramer rings his bell Wednesday The Salvation Army kettles are at several locations around 2004 CHEER FUND Donations are still being accepted for the 2004 Cheer To donate Stop by the HeraldZeitung office at 707 LandaSt between 8 and 5 Monday through Friday or mail a check made out to the New Braunfels Herald to Cheer New HeraldZeituna 707 Lands New before Thanks to the following for their support Russell and Jo Lynn Timrnarman Stephen and Lois Sohuttz Blue Santa program short 700 gifts donations need to be turned in by Friday With a Sunday deadline loom the Blue Santa program is still short more than 700 Christmas gifts for needy Police Chief Russ Johnson i Wednesday for anyone who has tak en one of the Blue Santa gift cards from a tree at a local business or retail er to get the gift ui by Friday night Organizer Cissy JankowsJti said hey can be returned at Blue Santa drop bates located at the Sun dance Golf Famous First Commercial Bank or the New Braunfels Police Department Even if they cant fill the they need to return the Jankowski We could hang them on a tree and maybe they could be bought in over the sakt Blue Santa is stM looking far monetary donations to buy food for Donations can be inaifcdur Blue Seguin New 78130 or stop by the police For call New Braun fels police at Police officers and volunteers will spend the next week wrapping the gifts for 18 delivery to local We still have 700 outstanding Johnson please get them in or Blue Santa is in real trouble this Johnson said wer the gifts can be turned in at the police Safety steps may prevent Grinches from visiting By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Santa Glaus isnt the only person who makes his rounds during the holidays and the Grinch isnt the only one who steals Christmas Crooks do much of their holiday shopping in store aisles and parking lots and love to conduct clearance sales in neighborhoods after Christ Local law enforcement officials want to make sure folks know that common sense steps can keep the lawabiding from becoming crime Its really the same things you should do the year said New Braunfels police detective Bob Make sure things are locked up and not left in plain Most prop erty crime is a crime of opportunity where a suspect sees something and takes the opportunity to steal it because the owners are not paying Parchman A department store parking lot can be a major area for crime during the See Page 3A Oaks Shopping Center has come under new manage ment IDs can help protect home By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Got a nosy neighbor You might not realize but when it comes to crime he or she is your best Comal County Sheriffs Crime Pre vention Tim Kolbe said the best defense against crime is a good You should know your neighbors when theyre away and you notice anything you should report it to the sheriffs office or to Kolbe Ask them to do the same thing for We cant be all the and thieves count on The second best defense is to mark all your valuables with your Texas dri vers license number and advertise that youve done See Page2A
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