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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 24, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                TT W DECEMBER HERALDZEITUNG SPORTS GAME TIME The Dallas Cowboys hope to keep playoff hopes alive dur ing Christmas Eve clash with Page 10A FORUM SPEAK OUT Readers voice their opinions on the meaning of holiday traditions and bell Page 4A Comal County since CL 338 20 2 sections C K 5O0 i Sunny High Low 70 42 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 38 CLASSIFIEDS 68 COMICS 28 CROSSWORD 21 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 10A TV GRIDS 38 PM T Firefighter There are no hard feelings By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Christmas always has been special for Stacie and Don but this year the sea son of rejoicing holds more meaning than The couple has a lot to be thankful for now that they know Stacie will be returning to work at the New Braunfels Fire Department with a clean slate and a cleared I have a lot of catching up to Stacie said I just want some quiet time to appreciate what this season is all Holiday preparation has been difficult during the last month as the 18year New Braunfels Fire Department veteran bat tled against being implicated as a drug user and a This has probably been one of the if not the dif ficult things Ive ever been she To be perse cuted with my kids and grandkids all seeing me accused of something I did nt was really Stacie lost her job 22 after failing a drug test the week before following a minor traffic accident in a city She maintained her innocence from the fighting to get her job back and clear her She finally was allowed to return to work after a grievance panel gave her me option of tak ing a polygraph test to prove she had never used Although a lot of discussion regarding her termination cen tered around the Hempbased tanning lotion Stacie used in the months leading up to the drug die vindicated city employ ee said Friday she really had no idea what caused her urine See Page 3A Stacie Zercher LIGHTS IN THE DARKNESS Christmas decorations bring good cheer to all By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Up on the housetop reindeer out jumps good old SpongeBob Squarepants At the Miller in the 1200 block of Ftedericksburg Road in New Ifie animated sponge has replaced Santa Glaus as the star of a sparkling Christ mas Weve got kids who really like and we kinda like admitted Susan We had a choice between SpongeBob and and every one SpongeBob The Millers are just one of many local families who have strung together bright displays of Christ mas cheer around their homes this Just because a cartoon character tops off their Christmas light dis play doesnt mean the Millers take the holiday Shawn and Susan Miller start decorating their yard on Thanksgiving They use lights decorating the front yards tree Each year we add one or two new things to the Susan Miller And dont forget about the gingerbread men I made them Mike Brietzke also added a homemade element to the Christ mas display at his home in the 200 block of Kentucky Boulevard in New He created the PVC star that sits atop his When we remod eled our I had the builder include a special pipe on the roof so I could hide the Brietzke said Mike and Vicky Brietzkes red and white lights brighten the neighborhood with 575 big lights along the driveway and roof and more than mini lights on the He said he sets up the dis play by himself with as much help from his kids as he can The kids have to help me with the he If only one per son does you get so dizzy going around the you cant do more than one at a Though the kids arent crazy about helping with the Mike Brietzke they always appreci ate the Photos by DAVID The home of Gary and Donna Alvarez stands out in the 200 block of Kentucky Street with its rain bow of colored lollipops and Christmas trees in the front the home of Shawn and Susan Milleron Fredericksburg Road lights up the the Comal County Courthouse stands out with a glow of white They always tell me I do too but when its up they like he I like Christmas lights a lot its like a birthday cake for Some confections found in the Brietzkes specifically can dy once could be found in a neighbors Donna who also lives in the 200 block of Kentucky said she also used to decorate with candy canes and red andwhite I had to change because my neighbors stole the candy canes she said with a good natured But it was time to Now that I have my I wanted to have colored Donna and Gary Alvarezs Christmas decorating tradition started long before their Donna Alvarez said her father is dedicated to decorating her fami lys even after the children moved She said that she even decorat ed with lights when she lived the Alvarez home is decorated with thousands of col ored Christmas trees and lightup Now my 21month old is very particular about the He Lights on Lights on she I wouldnt have Christmas without Water filters more than most residents can handle By David Rupkalvis News Editor in Bulverde Hills subdivision are armed with filters that can remove trihalomethane from their But to most of it is Mayor Sarah Stevick lives in Bulverde Hills and she said that and many of her may never install the While they still fear having trihalomethane in their most of the residents sim ply cant figure out how to install the sys Even my and hes mechani cally said its more hassle than its Stevick At least he knows how to do I wouldnt have any idea how to do Stevick said the concerns are shared by many of the She recalled one See Page 5A Lighting up NB Elliott Electric gives consumers a new place to find their electrical Foundation gives surprise grant to senior center By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer This month was Bessie Mae Kronkoskys but the Comal County Senior Cit izens Center got the surprise The Kronkosky Charitable founded by the late Albert and Bessie Kro awards a grant to a South Texas organization on the birthday of each of its This the senior center was one of the lucky receiving Robert Lopez executive director of the senior said the grant is a welcome and unsolicited We have lots of plans for renovations and continuing support of programs that help such as Meals on he The Kronkosky with an endowment of recently reached million in charitable dona tions to South Texas Every thing from symphonies to animal shelters have benefited from the foundations See Page 5A low Mlleil Factory I BLUEBONNET tHimics Jeep v IA i 8006207258 AHfM CO Powor Powitr Factory law   

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