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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 26, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas                                 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26,2009  Zeitung  Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.  .ook Inside for an insert with great gift ideas for the whole family.  ùmmpmnm  Dig Inside for $146.85 In coupons, plus $800 in instant rebates.  Vol. 157, No. 13 20 pages, 2 sections  heraid-zeitunfl.com  #  Sanny  j High Low  i 67 42  >25"00001»"'1 j Dttails ... IIA  DEAR ABBY 8B  cussiFiEDS ta  COMICS 4S  amswoñom  FORUM 4A  OBITUARIES SA  SPORTS 9A  TV GRIDS BS  Unicorns: Make it to the end zone or bust  Staff spent week preparing for Friday's game  By CiMte liofffeiMMi  The Herald-Zeltung  Huddled around the conference table in die New Braunfels Field House Wednesday, the Unicom coaching staff put the finishing touches on die game plan for Friday\i Class 5A Division II regional playoff showdown against Pharr-San Juan-Alamo North Raiders.  Viuious placements of Xs and Os have been passed around for the past few days and V\%dnesday is when it aU came together for New Braunfels coach Chuck Caniford and his coaches.  "Wednesday is when we finalize the game plan and it takes a lot of long hours to get to this point," Caniford said. "You have to really love what you're doing and care about the kids and the team to do what we do."  Caniford and his staff started thinking about the Raklers almost immediately after the final seconds ticked off in this past week's 42-14 win over Corpus Christí Carroll.  "We traded film (with Pharr-San Juan-Alamo) and our middle school coaches got to work breaking the tapes down when we got in  See UNICOIINS, Page 6A  Head coach Chuck Caniford, left, stands at the dry erase board while meeting with other coaches on Wednesday at the New Braunfels High School Field House. The Unicorns will face Pharr-San Juan-Alamo North High School at the Alamodome on Friday.  LAUfiA Mckenzie  Herald-Zeitung  COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING Local food bank finds  40 percent rise in need  UMMIA MeKBiBE/Herald-Zeitung  Dana Call, 14, left, Shelby Lesseig, 16, and others work Wednesday to remove turkey from the bone in preparation for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the McKenna Events Center. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.  Hundreds volunteer for community Thanksgiving dinner  By Efte MMMnmImn'  The Herald-Zeitung  Forty sets of glovfed hands were fast at work Wednesday, tearing the meat from the bones of smoked turkeys, sorting the meat by color and tossing the stripped bones into boxes.  It was both joyful and meticulous work. The volunteers laughed and chatted, but never lost focus on the  NEW BRAUNFELS COMIMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER  MffMR 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today Whtrt: McKenna Events Center on 801W. San Antonio St Cost Free  task at hand.  "Let's see how much more meat we can salvage off of this/' said volunteer Monique Weston.  About 40 volunteers were de-boning more than 300 smoked turkeys at McKenna Events Center Wednesday in preparation for today's Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The turkeys were donated by Granzin's Meat Market and prepared by the New Braunfels Smokehouse.  In other rooms, hundreds of other See DINNER, Page 7A  Free medical clinic offers help to uninsured  The Herald-Zeitung  "Thou shah love thy neigtibor as thyself," reads tl^ Bible quote painted on the waiting rocmi %vall atWunte^ in Medidne in New For Comal  County's uninsured, that room is a haven.  off«: boitar-fipee access to care,* said Jennif» Mdirtek, exBciitfve dbeclor ofMolunteers in Mec&dne.  Doctors and dmttets volumes tlMto  time and have served more than 3,000 patients since the fedUty opened in September 2008, helping those who are "caught in the middle" and don't eam oioyg^ for insurance but don't qualify forMedkaid.  No state or funding fills VIM cgA^. The majcM: contributor is Oak-wood Bi^tist Church and its charita-iDitndation. The diurch owns the land and dhurch parishioners built the biAtog, whk:h is tkly, with glazed con-cr^ ^rs and me^nilous treatment  NilfVSRAUNnU VOLUNTmS IN MEDiaNE 1196 West Sen Antonio St (830)132-5131  rooms.  Other ma|or contributors include the McKenna Legacy Foundation, the Baptist Health Foundation, and the Kro-nkosky Charitable Foundation.  Beasts indude people whose work  See CiNTER, Page 7A  By ChariM Agar  The Herald-Zeitung  It was a beehive Wednesday at Spirit of Sharing (SOS) Food Bank in New Braunfels, with donations going out the front door as fast as they were coming in the back.  "This is undoubtedly the busiest season of the year," said Dan Earles. president of SOS.  Volunteers pulled meat, produce and eggs from a bank of refrigerators and served up plastic bags of canned goods from pantry sheh^ to a steady stream of clients.  "Over the last year, with the economy and unemployment... we've had about a 40-percent increase," Earles said.  SOS is posting the highest numbers in its 21-year history  Every month, 160 volunteers from 16 area churches give out 12 to 14 tons of food to about 600 families in need, up from  See NEED, Page 2A  SOS FOOD BANK:  Accepts donations of food, time or money at New Braunfels facility:  248 W.  Merriweather P.O.Box 311032 New Braunfels, TX 78131 (830) 629-3683 www.sosfood-bank.org Open Monday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Ch«rlM AgaiyHerald-Zeitung  Judy Ahrens, a member of Gruene United Methodist Church, stocks shelves at SOS Food Bank in New Braunfels on Wednesday. Sixteen churches share the job of managing the busy facility.  THANKSGIVING CLOSURES  The foHowing businesses and government offices have announced closures for the Thanksgiving holiday:  SoNd wmM^ rubMth and rtcyeNnQ colictkin: No collection today and Friday, and no make up days are scheduled.  City of Nmv BriunMi ofllCM: Closed today and Friday  Comal County oMcas: Closed today and Friday  New BraunMt PuUe Ubrtiy: Closed today and Friday  U.S. Pott OMca: Ctosed today, open Friday  New Braunfels UMIm ofRce: Closed today and Friday  H-E-B will be open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. today  Wal-Maft will remain open 24 hours a day  New Brauofels Properties  ' .»í -  f  I   

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