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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas W TT DECEMBER 2005 ZEITUNG SPORTS JUMP SHOT New Canyon and Smithson Valley boys contin ue nondistrict hoops Page 10A INSIDE TOP PAY County commissioners fund a wage survey to see how county employees Page 3A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 332 20 2 sections CLICK 5O0 T0 chance of rain High Low 47 40 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 28 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 10A TV GRIDS 31 Creativity helps Bulverde manage growth By David Rupkalvis News Editor BULVERDE Mixing one of the fastest growth rates in the state with a desire to maintain a rural atmosphere has left Bul verde planners with a The reality is that the city will grow as more people realize the town offers an opportunity to live in a community that offers bigcity benefits with a small town People want to movie here because its the Hill City Planner Chance Sparks You have all the trees and and you still have the proximity to San Antonio and New Braun It seems like its becoming more and more of a hot Mayor Sarah Stevick said the influx is primarily due to one rea Its close enough to San Anto nio that you can shop there and work but its far enough away that you come home and have a rural Ste vick family moved here when we were stationed at Fort Sam As the city one of the challenges facing planners and the Bulverde City Council is how to maintain the rural atmosphere that makes the western Comal County town Sparks said Bulverde already has taken some steps to main tain its rural pointing out that the minimum lot size in the city is square or approximately half an In most including San Anto nio and New mini mum lot sizes range from to square Stevick said the large lot size is beneficial when trying to maintain the citys rural but Bulverde made the law three or four years ago with something else in It was not necessarily for development the reason was Stevick It was how See Page 3A Mayor Sarah Stevick A HUNT FROM THE HEART Realtors go on the prowl to help local children By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Bear hunting season ended Fri day in New Braunfels when more than of the furry critters were herded into trucks and hauled off to new homes all over The roundup was a relief to the office staff of Coldwell Banker DAnn who had been sharing every nook and cran ny of their work space with the stuffed animals for several The animals began their day in a big bear and other than a few involuntary cries from the ones with builtin no one seemed to mind too Hunter and local real estate agent Marc Rhodes brought a pop gun to the bear at Bluebon net but colleague and hunt organizer Shelia Antenen waved him With no regard for her own per sonal she dove right into the middle of the pile and began the daunting task of counting and sorting the wayward furies by cat Its going to be a long she watching several of her co workers return to the cave with bags full of Every stuffed animal donated will receive a new home under someones Christmas The previouslyunloved animals were sent to Hospice and Blue Photos by DAVID Coldwell Banker real estate agents Shelia and Marc Rhodes dive right in to sort through the more than stuffed animals that they and other agents were able to hunt down to donate to local organizations and a friendly note accompanies some of the The gentlyloved bears went to the Crisis Center of Comal County and the Childrens Shel Even the toys that were less gen tly loved will find a new home at the animal providing hours of entertainment for puppies wait ing for their own new The Coldwell Banker agents spent weeks collecting the stuffed turning the holiday drive into an opportunity to broker a little There was a little trash Antenen admitted with a Just things Im going to bring See Page 8A Handmade decorations light up Christmas season Fired firefighter presents her case to citys grievance panel By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Fired Firefighter Stacie Zercher presented her case to five of her former colleagues Friday in hopes they would sup port her bid for reinstate Zercher and her attor ney Matt Kyle pleaded her a griev ance hearing panel that included City Secretary Michael Parks and Recreation Department Director Stacie City Engi neer Mike Library Director Louise Foster and Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve the employee selected by Zercher to participate in the Resendez said after the group heard the they would decide what to recommend See Page 3A COMING SUNDAY Christmas tidings Thanks to donors and vol unteers to many organiza it will be a very Merry Stacie Zercher DAVID Harriet Rivers puts the finishing touches on one of many Christmas trees inside her By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Its Christmastime at Harriet Rivers Walk through the front door everywhere one its Currier and Charles Dickens and a little bit of the legend of Nicholaus all rolled Rivers made most of it and its only taken about 60 I just enjoy doing Rivers giving a tour and pointing to this or that ornament or decoration and telling how it was I dont do it because I have I do it because I want to Because I enjoy iC An avid landscape painter and mother of Rivers began mak ing decorations as a young girl growing up in the I started making my own Wed go out into the get pine burls and cedar and put them on a single clothes she We didnt have hot glue guns You had to make things work on your By the time she had her she was into decorating the home for their And she still has the Christmas stock ings she made for her children more than 50 years ago and displays them in their carefully brandnew con Thats Zeros first stocking right Rivers Of he was George to me but hes Zero to eveiyone And this he gave this to me when he was she pointing to a See Page 9A Childrens center made a difference when hurricane hit By Leigh Jones StaffWriter CANYON staff and patients at New Life Childrens Center know what it feels like to be displaced by Mother In July the center was almost com pletely wiped out by lloodwaters that dis placed the girls and left a mess of water damage and mud So when their sister facility in Katy fled West on Interstate 10 in advance of Hurri cane New Life opened its doors willing It was good for this facility to be able to give said Kurt chief executive officer for Lutheran Social the organization that runs New We learned a lot after the 2002 and we were able to put it to good use On Senske and New Life CEO Gary Henry received a reward for their efforts during the hurricane from Lukes Lutheran Health Ministries to See Page 8A
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