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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 5, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2003 SPORTS ill CtiUOARBt SPIRIT    »« ii Go Cougars! The spirit banner today's newspaper is essential fa your football playoff war8gpb% for    £ tonight's game. Inside * FORUM OMNIPOTENT? Ann Coulter opines that the Supreme Court has claimed more power than ever was intended for it. Page 4A CL 14 pages, 2 sections 500 WWW: herald-zeitung.comNGsince 1852. High Low 58 29 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 6-8B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM    4A APPLAUSE SB SPORTS 5-6A TV GRIDS 3B Classic moves Don’t milt tbe outcome of the Canyon Clat sic basketball tournament this weekend. Cross Lutheran Church to have services in German By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Cross Lutheran Church, established in 1928, will conduct a Christmas worship service in German Sunday. The Rev. Harold Schroeter, who will serve as the worship leader, said it would be the first German-language Christmas sendee at Cross Lutheran. “It will be a new reaching-out for the church and a joyous occasion," said Schroeter, who retired in 1998 and is the visiting pastor at Cross Lutheran. The Rev. Don Fraker, who is pastor at Cross Lutheran, said members of the congregation were instrumental in planning the service. “The ladies who envisioned this and brought it about are doing this to experience and celebrate the birth of Christ in their native tongue,” Maker said. Margot Hendricks, chairwoman for the German Christmas service, said services at the church were conducted in German until 1941. “We want to invite anyone in the community who would like to attend," I lendricks said. Schroeter said that of the 700 members who belong to Cross Lutheran Church, only the elderly members may be able to understand German. “I’d guess that 20 percent of the congregation is fluent in German,” he said. Schroeter said Sunday’s service would include Christmas songs in German. “Christmas songs in German are beautiful,” he said. “They have a great heritage. The congregation will, of course, sing ‘Silent Night’, but in German.” ■ Cross Lutheran Church will have a worship service in German at 3 p.mSunday R Worship Center. is at 2171 E Common St. N The Rev. Harold Schroeter will be worship leader. Whatever the solution to the San Antonio region’s air quality problems, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency confirmed Comal County will be a part of it at least for now. In a Dec. 3 letter to Gov. Rick Perry, EPA Regional Administrator Richard E. Greene said Comal, Guadalupe and Wilson counties would remain included with San Antonio in future planning to clean up the region’s air.    jay    Minikin This past spring, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality recommended to Perry that air quality planning and remediation in San Antonio be confined to Bexar County because not enough data existed in the other three rural counties to prove they had an air pollution problem. At present, San Antonio is the largest metropolitan area in the United States that has not been found in violation of the federal Clean Air Act — although it has exceeded air pollution limits in recent years. Local officials negotiated an agreement with the EPA called an early-action compact under which the four-county San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe and Wilson counties, are now working to develop their own plan to clean upUnderdog Cougars hope to harness Mules By David Rupkalvis Sports Editor When James Green, Roger Molinet and Tanner Herik took their first varsity snaps for the Canyon football team more than two years ago, the Cougars lost. That loss was duplicated-nine more times in 2001 as Canyon went 0- IO. After a 1-9 season the year before, it would have been understandable if Canyon fans questioned whether to keep Brad Wright as coach. But since that winless season ended two years ago, the Cougars have gone 17-4 over two seasons, and when the team faces Alamo Heights Friday, the Cougars have a chance to stake a claim as the best ever football team at Canyon High School. By winning three playoff games this year, the Cougars matched the 1998 team as region champions. Reed Boyd, now a linebacker at the University of Texas, led the 1998 squad. The Cougars don’t have a superstar this time around. What they do have is a team that has trusted its coaches for four years and believes in the system Wright and his assistants have put in place. As the Cougars practiced this week, Wright said it was a lot of fun to be playing in December. He said the success of his team can be felt throughout Canyon High School. “We’ve come a long way, and this group of seniors has come full circle,” Wright said. “It’s exciting. The students at school are excited about it. Winning is contagious. It helps the attitude of the whole school.” Wright also said he was pleased with the support the community is giving his team. He specifically pointed to a sign in front of New Braunfels High School that reads “Good luck Cougars.” “That’s a classy move,” Wright said. “We were the same way last year. We wanted them to win. In fact, we want them to win every game but one.” The Cougars are heavy underdogs in the game with Alamo Heights. Wright admits his team will have to be at its best to beat the Mules, but said anyone who is counting the Cougars out could be sur- 1 prised. “Don’t overlook us,” he said. PLAYOFF GAME G Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at the Alamodome • Tickets can be bought through 2 p m today at Canyon High School. I® Tickets cost $7 for adults and $4 for students in advance At the gate, all tickets cost $9 smog zone By Ron Maloney Staff Writer FRONTand Center Wassailing the night away EPA lumps Comal into Alamo city New Braunfelsers, tourists flock to downtown for fest See EPA, Page 3A Colton Avoy, right, serves up a hot cup of wassail to Melanie Malone Sayles were working the Howell Insurance booth at the 11th annual Thursday night as Colton's aunt, Tammy Sayles, looks on. Avey and Wassailfest. Below, 6-year-old Leon Boite gets festive with his wassail. Friday — Visit with St. Nicholas Saurday and Sunday — Old' Gruene Christmas Market Days Festival Dec. 6, 7. 13. 14. 20 and 21 — Christmas Caroling at Natural Bridge Caverns Dec. 6 — 9th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes Dec. 13 — Candlelight Tour Dec. 13 — Jingle Bell Run Dec. 14 — Christmas Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist Dec. 18 — Caroling at the Plaza By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Thousands of bundled-up families went walking in a wassail wonderland Thursday in downtown New Braunfels. They came from all over looking for Christmas spirit, and they found it at the 11th annual Wassailfest. “It brings out the community and brings them together,” said Horst Theile, a New Braunfels resident. For Theile, wassail is a Christmas tradition from his early years in Germany. “Wassail — that goes way back,” he said. Wassail is a centuries-old Christmas drink made of apple cider and spices. Each year downtown businesses offer homemade wassail and treats spreading holiday cheer. Thursday 51 downtown businesses prepared wassail for the crowds. Theile and his wife, Mary, have ■ Archie and Elizabeth Culpepper B James and Loretta Goldsmith R Gene and Betty Ludwick G Samuel and Patsy Wotipka ■ Joyce Ebel ■ Peggy Send your donation to Cheer Fund, 707 Landa St., New Braunfels. 78130 enjoyed touring downtown vendors ' since 1994. Begun in 1992 the event has become a tradition for many area families. The downtown tour is a holiday walk with small-town New Braunfels charm. Main Plaza was lighted with more than 100,000 lights and hundreds of ribboned wreaths. The sound of Christmas carols and the steam of hot wassail warmed the many visitors walking through downtown. “It’s really beautiful — all the lights and everything,” said Kitty Wainner, a Boerne resident. “It’s just something to get into the Christmas spirit.” She and her friends came to New See WASSAIL, Page 3A DONORS ;