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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 3, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung U--..........■'■■..........jg.-- —--"""■...................    TTT'"....................................................................... -- ;;*? ■1 w ■ ■ ;*■v) •>;> •> ■; ■ ■ '»v■1 ■ '?»r?y'r Vol. ISO, No. 19    36    pages    in    4    sections    December    3,    2000 Sunday Serving Comal County since 1852 $1.00 Inside ► Golf tourney New Braunfels High School students got to participate in some holiday golfing in the CISD golf tournament Saturday at Landa Park./1B ► Holiday homes Looking for a special holiday treat this Christmas season? Come visit the delightful and festive homes on this year’s yuletide tour of homes./1C Cloudy, windy, chilly Saturday By The Associated Press Nippy wind chills and clouds cloaked Texas Saturday, but conditions should begin to warm up by the second half of the weekend. Low temperatures early Saturday morning ranged from 18 degrees in Dalhart to 63 in Port Isabel. By late afternoon, temperatures warmed to the 30s in the Panhandle and the 50s in parts of South Texas. Northerly winds from 5 to 20 mph sent wind chills Saturday to minus 3 degrees in Guadalupe Pass. A warming trend will continue Sunday, but another cold front is expected by mid-week. Cheer Fund Giving to the Cheer Fund were: • Alyssa and Chelsea Smith $25 Homer Sloan — $25 • S.L. Phillips —$100 • Caroline Weston — $100 Mail or drop off donations for the Cheer Fund at 707 Landa St. in New Braunfels. Cheer Fund provides food baskets for local needy families. Index Abby  ......................................2C Business................................5-6B Classified................................1-12D Stammtisch..................................3C Forum...........................................6A LocaPMetro.......................  4    A Obituaries.,...............................3A Sports....................................1-4B Today........................  2A Television..:........................TV    Week Key code 77 Lions’ share of holiday spirit RON MALONEY/Herald-Zeitung Ron Zipp, right, shops with Juan Carlos Montoya for Christmas gifts for his family Saturday at K-Mart. Local club takes children shopping for Christmas gifts By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Juan Carlos Montoya spent Saturday morning as one of Santa’s helpers. The boy looked hard in Kmart, trying to find just the right gifts for his brother Ricardo, mom Angie and father Mario. While he did all this, Ron Zipp pushed a shopping cart for him, every so often offering a suggestion. Montoya, 10, a Memorial Intermediate fourth-grader, worked on finding a gift for his brother first because it was the easiest. Zipp, local attorney and member of the Breakfast Lions Club, followed Montoya to the toy section of the store. He talked a little as Juan Carlos browsed. Zipp was out with about 25 young friends and a like number of sponsors Saturday on the annual Breakfast Lions Club s Christmas shopping trip. For Zipp, Saturday’s outing is one of the most personally rewarding things he does each year.. “It’s fulfilling because you help children understand giving gifts for See SHOPPING/5A Waiting for life To Help An account has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank, 1000 N. Walnut, New Braunfels, TX 78130, under the name “Benefit Fund for Larry Nicholson.” The account number is 0662763176. A benefit golf tournament and auction are planned for Jan. 20 at Sundance Golf Course. For information about donating auction * items or participating, call Kim Jankowski *at 625-3548. Former NB man on list for liver transplant By Johnny Stephen Lewis Herald-Zeitung correspondent HOUSTON - In addition to baking food for the holidays, Ann Nicholson is making hundreds of homemade coffee cakes to save the life of her husband, Larry Nicholson. .The cakes, a secret family recipe, are being sold to raise $100,000 to pay for a liver transplant that doctors say Nicholson, former owner of the Wild Goose Wood Shop in New Braunfels, needs by January to live. “Donating your organs is a heck of a decision,” Nicholson said over the oxygen tank that he uses to help him breathe. “I think it’s the greatest thing man can do for his fellow man. But I guess some people are scared of how they’ll look in the casket.” Because organ allocation is based on proximity, Nicholson sold his business and moved to Houston, near the transplant center, where he awaits a donor. Nicholson contracted Hepatitis-C in 1962 after an accident that resulted in 19 blood transfusions, one of which was tainted with the liver- Photo courtesy of Houston Chronicle Larry Nicholson contracted Hepatitis-C in 1962 after an accident which required that he take blood transfusions. Today, he is badly in need of a liver transplant by January to continue his life. debilitating disease. The accident occurred decades before blood donations were tested for such diseases. Nicholson was diagnosed with the disease in 1997, but doctors chose not to conduct a biopsy on the liver. It was not until a hernia surgery in March of this year that a doctor saw the severity of Nicholson’s liver condition, something that otherwise might not have been detected. “It was just luck,” said his son, Randy Nicholson, “or an act of God.” Nicholson was put on the waiting list for a new liver in August after undergoing a relatively new procedure, heat ablation, which made him a “viable candidate” for a transplant. “There was something about that See TRANSPLANTS NB’s Wassail-man gets a name! By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer It took the mind of a 9-year-old to discover the secret identity of the Wassail-Man: Jolly Willie Wassail. The Wassail-Man is the logo for the annual Wassailfest, an annual downtown event in which businesses open their doors to the public to sample a juice and spice drink called wassail. Wassailfest promises night of holiday festivity/9A Wassailfest stops, entertainment/9A . For years the Wassail-Man was nothing but a nameless face. This year, however, the New Braunfels Main Street Wassailfest 2000 Committee decided to change that. The committee invited local school children to participate in a contest to name the Wassail-Man. “There was some creativity in there,” Wassailfest Committee Chairman John Green said. Aaron Smith, a third grade student at Seele School, won with the entry, “Jolly Willie Wassail.” “It took me a long time to think of it (the name),” Aaron said. “Then I thought, the Wassail-Man was probably pretty jolly, then just give him a ‘W’ name, like Willie.” Aaron drew from a movie he likes — “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” — to create the name. “My mom helped me a little,” Aaron admitted. School officials told Aaron that he had won the contest on See CONTESSA Gov. Bush declares “I’m soon to be the president,” meets with GOP Congressional leaders./3A BUSH Wasser Strasse, 3rd round By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer Fewer than 10 people attended the last of three public meetings about the proposed Comal River Wasser Strasse Saturday morning at the Schlit-terbahn Recreation Room. NBGS International, a sister company to Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, is the force behind the proposed transportation system and river walk. “We’ve had some good input and ideas that we hadn’t thought about,” NBGS president Mike Jaroszewski said. Now that the public meetings are over, the project leaders will focus on completing a business plan to present to the city council next year. “It’s a very big project and we expect to be pretty much consumed with that for the next few months,” Communications Director Sherrie Brammall said. In a room split almost evenly between NBGS International representatives and concerned citizens, Jaroszewski and project director Bob Sohn answered questions about parking, die river walk structure and flood control plans. One man said he did not want the Wasser Strasse to turn the Comal River into what the San Antonio River has become in downtown San Antonio. “I think how much prettier the Comal is than the San Antonio River,” he said. Bill Baskerville, who sits on two city committees, suggested Wasser Strasse planners talk to the Texas Department of Transportation and coordinate projects. “TxDOT wants to widen Landa,” Baskerville said, “lf they do w iden it, you should address that with them now. It’s a very dangerous street to cross, and maybe you could work something out with them. “It would be great for us to be able to walk safely.” See WASSER STRASSEL Aaron Smith, a third-grader at Seele School, won the contest to name the Wassail-Man for the upcoming Wassail Fest in New Braunfels’ downtown plaza. K. JESSIE SLATEN Herald-Zeitung ;