New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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NB Music Study Club
The NB Music Study Club sponsored an evening of choral music at its November meeting.
The focus of the program revolved around the theme, “Rejoice and Give Thanks for the Gift of Music.” This theme carried the listeners, musically, from kindergarten age through adulthood — with the impact of music and its treasures stressed at each age level.
St. Paul Lutheran Church shared its Sunbeams Choir and Good News Choir as the youngest of the singers, with Becky Voges directing. Boys and girls ended their presentations with a song of budding faith, “I'm Gonna Hope in Jesus” by C. Crawshaw.
Next in the chain of musical life and growth were the Seele Elementary fourth and fifth graders, directed by Cathy Clark. These students shared not only singing but the skill of playing musical instruments as well — one of their selections being the “Tiki Chant” by C. Miller.
Moving into teen years and realizing the tremendous importance of music during these joyous and yet tumultuous years, the NBHS Treble Choirs, directed by Jody Bagley, sang “Cantate Domino! Alleluia!” by C. Miller. In contrast, they shared an arrangement of a Czech folk song, “Waters Ripple and Flow” arrangement by Deems Taylor.
Finally, moving into the years of adulthood, the NB Music Club Ensemble sang “Thanks Be to God” by G.F. Handel — a fitting closure to an evening of what the gift of music means to us all.
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Holidays at the lake
Businesses receive annual awards; parade set Saturday
Members of the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce and members of the Canyon Lake Women in Business celebrated die holiday season Saturday night
The Canyon Lake Country Club was the place for sequins and Christmas neckties galore.
Congratulations to Karen and Greg Payne, owners of Hilltex Construction, which won the Business of the Year award. Winner of the big raffle prize, a trip to Las Vegas donated by Escapade Cruise and Travel, was Etoyle McKee.
The Member of the Year, awarded by the Canyon Lake Women in Business, went to Mary Dark, owner of Dairy Queen in Startzville. The new CLCofC board takes over for 1998. New president is Barbara J. Thomas of Caldwell Banker -D’Ann Harper Realtor. Outgoing president for 1997 is Ed Wetzel. Welcome to BJ., and congratulations to both of them.
On Saturday, the 19th annual Christmas Parade floats down Farm-
to-Market 2673 at ll a.m. Staging begins behind Norwest Bank and proceeds through Saltier. It will be an honor once again to welcome Santa to Canyon Lake, as he has promised to appear in the parade.
S a n t a * s Workshop, offered by Project K.I.S.S., will be at the North Pole next to Tye Preston Memorial Library. Children will have an opportunity to have their faces painted, see the Elves’ Workshop, shop and see the Reindeer Barn. Meanwhile, local merchants will open their doors after the parade.shops for the 4th Annual Country Christmas.
On Friday, Friends of the Library will be at Frank’s Supermarket to raffle chances on one of two charming Christmas music boxes and a Santa
Th* 19th Annual Christmas Pasdc floats down Farm-to-Market 2673at ll un. (Saturday).
keepsake box. These are on display at the library. Tickets are SI each or six for $5. Proceeds from the raffle benefit the Tye Preston Library. Friday will be the last chance to purchase tickets, as the drawing will be Saturday. The wining number will be posted on the reindeer in the parade on Saturday.
If tradition holds out, it will be a cold day for die parade. Gather your family, take a pot of hot chocolate, pack some snacks and get there early. Line up anywhere between Norwest Bank and Dam Access Road for a glance of Santa, reindeer and floats decked out with boughs of holly. Tis the season.
(Dana Jones is a Herald-Zeitung correspondent at Canyon Lake.)
Government bean counters issue annual statistics measuring life in U.S.
The Preceptor Rho Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Nov. IO at the home of Carolyn Williams, with Nadya Lehmann as co-hostess.
Fifteen members and one guest, Elaine Goettsch, attended the meeting. A program on problems and solutions in dealing with junk mail and telephone solicitation was presented by Linda Pinson and I Verne Johnson.
home of Kathy . Fischer. The hospitality committee shared a holiday dinner, and members shared a Beta Buddy Christmas Gift Exchange.
By MICHELLE MTTELSTAOT
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government’s bean counters are at it again, releasing statistics that measure the American way of life in details great and small — from the number of births and deaths per year to the amount of ice cream and broccoli consumed annually.
Each year since 1878, the federal government has issued its weighty Statistical Abstract of the United States, pulling together an array of statistics from dozens of government agencies and trade associations.
Dry-sounding in name and in fact, the 1997 edition issued a few days ago nonetheless offers some interesting nuggets of news to those willing to pore through its 1,023 pages.
Take the Lone Star State.
In its 267,277 square miles of space (a territory second only to Alaska's 613,230 square miles), Texas packs
million registered vehicles on 296,186 miles of urban and rural highways.
Those Texans eat at 16,621 restaurants and shop at 27,354 food
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■ Some 5J mMonTsam drive alone to work, write another 1.1
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■ Texans spent needy $22 bMon on pubic elementary and secondary schools tat year, en average of $5£63 per student The national average ii $6,109 per pupa.
■The 1906 marital household income in Tens was $32,039, sightly below the national average of $34,076.
■ Of the 26 mMon people who golf identify as being of Latino origin, just over 6 mMon Ive in Texas.
■The state took in $86 bMon horn Washington last year, an average of $4,522 for each Texan.
stores, pumping their gasoline at 11,033 service stations. Overall, the state has 2,906 of the nation’s 42,130 shopping centers.
Texas was one of the IO fastest growing states between 1990 and 1996, its population rising by 12.6 percent. During that time span, Texas nudged New York aside to become the second-largest state in the nation behind California.
As of last year, the Texas population stood at 19.1 million — a 71 percent increase over the 11.2 million people living in the state in 1970.
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The state boasts one of the country’s youngest populations, with only IO percent of its citizens 65 and older compared with a national average of nearly 13 percent. Only four other states have a lower percentage ot senior citizens.
Among the other Texas-related tidbits:
—Some 5.8 million Texans drive alone to work, while another I. I million carpool. Just over 2 percent of Texans use public transportation to get to work — half the national average. The typical travel time to
work in Texas is 222 minutes, almost exactly on par with the national average of 22.4 minutes.
—Texans spent nearly $22 billion on public elementary and secondary schools last year, an average of $5,593 per student. The national average is $6,103 per pupil.
—The 1995 median household income in Texas was $32,039, slightly below the national average of $34,076. Seventeen percent of Texans had incomes below the poverty level that year, compared with 14 percent nationally.
—Of the 26 million people who self-identify as being of Latino origin, just over 5 million live in Texas. Only
California, with a Latino population of nearly 9 million, has more residents of Hispanic origin.
—The state took in $86 billion from Washington last year, an average of $4,522 for each Texan. The bulk of that money, nearly $46 billion, was in direct payments to individuals in the form of Social Security, welfare and other benefits payments.
—The Census Bureau projects that the state’s population will top 28 million by 2025, second only to California's 41 million estimate.
—There were 321,114 live births in Texas in 1994, the most recent year for which statistics are available.
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GBRA gets financial reporting recognition
For the 22nd consecutive year, the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
According to Bill West, GBRA general manager, the award “is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Its attainment represents a significant
accomplishment by a governmental body and its management.”
In order to receive the award, GBRA’s 1996 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report was judged by a panel of accounting professionals.
According to GFOA award information, “entries must meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive spirit of frill disclosure to dearly communicate its financial story, and motivate potential users
and user groups to read the comprehensive annual financial report."
T.L. Walker, GBRA board chairman, expressed appreciation to the staff members who compiled and produced the award-winning report.
“We have an excellent accounting and production team,” said Walker. “Thank you for an outstanding job, and we are delighted that your skills and accomplishments have been recognized again this year.”
Blood drives taking place today
Give the precious “gift of life” this holiday season at one of two New Braunfels Community Blood Drives scheduled today at: Kirkwood Manor from 9 a m. to 11:30 a.m., 2590 Loop 337 in the parking lot and at Colonial Manor from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., 821 Highway 81 West, in the parking lot
Anyone between 17 and 72 years of age, who weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good general health, is encouraged to give.
For more information about these blood drives, call: Sue Hodges at 620-0509 for Kirkwood Manor or Iris Bowden at 625-7526 for Colonial Manor
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