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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 10, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10,2009 Zeitung SPORTS Gridiron action New Braunfels looks for district win. Pag« IB NEWS Pakistan against Taliban Country says it will take on foes after attack. Pag« 12A Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 156, No. 287 20 pages, 2 sections CLICK herald-zeitung.com n Sunny High Low 78 64 Details____9A NOBEL SURPRISE President picks up coveted Peace award, but some are left wondering exactly why A QftA BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS From water coolers to TVvitter feeds, Americans are buzzing with questions about the Peace Prize award, seen by many as a complete surprise. Aithou^ Obama is not the first surprise winner, the award comes at a crucial time in his presidency. All week the president has been in meetings regarding the United States' involvement in overseas conflicts. Here are some answers to questions asked after the announcement. Q: It th« Norwegian NoM CommltUt, by giving the award to Obama, trying to dlicouragt him from Mndlng more troopi to Afghanlitan? A: Committee chairman Thorbjoem lagland told The AP that it was not explicidy trying to influence any change in Obama's thinking about committing more troops to Afghanistan. But by getting the prize, and the status it See NOBEL, Page BA DEAR ABBY SB CLASSIFIEDS M COMICS 4B CROSSWORD 4t FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 11 TV GRIDS M MORE INSIDE ANALYSIS Is the award good for Obama? 4A REMARKS Obama responds to being recipient. SA A FESTIVAL OF FALL LAURA McKENBE/Herald-Zeitung Edith Lujan, 3, left, and Aurora Kennedy, 2, explore the pumpkin patch Friday at First United Methodist Church in New Braunfels. The church is having its Fall Festival from 4-7 p.m. today. Pumpkin sa es benefit youth activities and missionary work. Gourd sales benefit good works ByEric J.WoilbaclMr The Herald-Zeitung Many churches in the area are running pumpkin sales this fall to raise money for youth activities and missionary wQik, but Bracken United Methodist Church has found a unique approach. For the past nine years, Bracken United Methodist has worked in parmer- ship with Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers, a nonprofit that provides pumpkins for church fundraisers from a farm run by a Navajo reservation in New Mexico. Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers was started 31 years ago. Most of its pumpkins are grown on a farm in the Navajo reservation near FarmingtcHi, N.M. They are grown in a joint agreement with the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry. "All the proceeds go to local area missionary woric and the balance goes back to the Navajo," said Pastor Mickey McCandless of Bracken United Methodist. Today, a new shipment of the pumpkins arrives at die church at 9 a.m. The Qemens and Bexar 4H clubs are sched- See PUMPKINS, Page 3A PUMPKIN PATCH What Bracken United Methodist Pumpkin Patch Whan: 9 a.m. to dusk,, until Oct 31 Wharac 20377 FM 2252 Mk (830) 606^17 Heritage Society celebrates New Braunfels: 'Our history is what makes us unique' By CMS Cobb The Herald-Zeitung The N^&aunfeis Heritage Sodety will celebrate its 25th birthday this week. The sode^, founded in 1984, wiH be tiirowing a mndraiser gala Thursday at McKenna Events Center to com-memoiate a miarter century of carii^ for some of oie area's most historic assets. "We're very proud of this milestone and the history of this organization," said Chere Stratemarm, a founding member of the Heritage Sodety who has served as its director since 1999. "It's a very spedal organization, and we're pleas^ to be celebrating how far we've come." The sodety began with the gift of the Breustedt-Dillen House to the local Chamber of Commerce, donated by Bill and Nan Dillen. With the house, the couple included a wide array of antique handcrafted furniture. With local historical societies already burdened with die upkeep of the cit/s other numerous museums, Stratemaim said the Heritage Society was formed to serve as the primary caretakers of the furniture museum and the 11.5 acres of land at the site, which sits tucked away at 1370 Church HiU Drive. The organization now uses funds from public donations to undertake other restoration projects and continues to grow and build upon the DUlen's charity. In addition to the Museum of Texas See HISTORX Page 3A !.is!(,\.rl tOIlK'i ^ 1 >( >kIN( -N I Ii H >1 Greg Parker Judge seeks facts about donations to Parker By Chris Cobb The Herald-Zeitung Comal Cx)unty judge Danny Scheel said Friday he had yet to receive information from individuals who might have been solicited for donations by County Commissioner Greg Parker for a campaign for Texas Railroad Commissioner. On Sept. 29, Parker's Web site, www.parker fortexas.com, was seeking donations and offering merchandise with the slogan "Greg Parker, Republican for Railroad Commissioner." It has yet to be determined if the site puts Parker in violation of the "resign to run" provision of the Texas Election (>()de, which requires that a county commissioner with more than one year left in his or her term resign before running for another ofiBce. Parker has three years left in his current term. On Oct. 2, Scheel said he would be seeking affidavits from anyone contacted by Precinct 3 commissioner for campaign donations, and then askTexas Attorney General Greg Abbott to rule on the matter. "I have not yet received any affidavits," said Scheel Friday, after being out of town for the majority of the week. "If anyone was solicited for a contribution for that particular office, I would appreciate them calling me." Scheel said he would also like to speak to anyone with whom Parker might have declared his candidacy, and that he would sit down with Comal County District Attorney Geoff Barr next week to discuss seeking the attorney general's opinion. Current Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams is a candidate to fill the U.S. Senate seat of gubematorial hopeful Kay Bailey Hutchison. Should Williams be selected, he would appoint his own See PARKER, Page 3A i ( Í ^
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