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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 9, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas DEC 0 9 2000 NFELSHerald-Zeitung   ■■ —  .<...-*,....'....6 —> -----^------- .....--------- Vol. 150, No. 24    16    pages    in    2    sections    December    9,    2000 Saturday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Margaret EDMONSON Light of my life lights up my holidays This holiday season has been a series of lessons on the science of exterior illumination. Lesson No. I: Do not try to compete with the neighbors. If George W. Bush ever needed to find his father's thousand points of light, they are down the hill at my neighbors’ house. They have draped every shrub and bush and tree with colored lights, and their yard is festooned with every kind of imaginable yard decoration. My husband and I have competitive natures, and for three years, we have tried to catch up with them. But every year, they pull out some new yard ornament or find some other place to hang lights. Their fuse box must be the size of my upright freezer. Which brings us to Lesson No. 2: Do not let your, vision exceed your fuse box. My husband put our Christmas lights out the weekend after Thanksgiving. The two-day project required at least one phone call: “Can you pick up another box of icicle lights for me? I thought I had enough to go around the house, but I’m short two strands.” He hung lights from the eaves of our house. He trailed lights around the rock patio beneath my porch swing. He wrapped trees in the back yard. He put chili pepper lights around our native plant bed. He even put colored lights in our flame-leaf sumac and around the mailbox. The only thing he did not put lights on was the skunk that eats cat food on our porch. Several nights in a row now, we’ve thrown the GFI switch. I cannot use my hair dryer without turning off the Christmas lights outside. . Lesson No. 3: Clearly label bags and boxes of lights before putting them away for next year. With all the outdoor lights in place, we were left with one bag of lights that my husband swore were tree lights. Upon untangling the wires and bulbs, however, we found out they were icicle lights. My suggestion to unwrap some of the * trees outside and use those lights for our Christmas tree fell on deaf ears. Instead, he said, “I knew I had enough icicle lights to go all the way around the house!” Turns out, two strands of icicle lights will wrap a 6-foot tree pretty well. It’s not the showiest tree we’ve ever decorated, but it’ll work. Lesson No. 4: Do not make suggestions to the party engaged in hanging the Christmas lights. Apparently this is a high-stress, PG-13 activity that sometimes requires the use of certain expletives and temper tantrums to make the lights work. See LIGHTS/3A Court orders recount, Bush appeals By Terence Hunt APWhite House Correspondent At the brink of defeat, Al Gore won new life Friday as the divided Florida Supreme Court ordered an immediate hand count of about 45,000 disputed ballots and put the Democratic candidate within 154 votes of George W. Bush in the state’s seemingly endless presidential contest. Bush had been awarded the state’s electoral votes less the two weeks ago but the high court ruled 4-3 to reopen the state’s vote count. The decision came on a tumultuous day when two other Florida courts rebuffed Democratic efforts to find more votes for Gore and the Republican-controlled state legislature convened to protect Bush’s state-certified victory. Late Friday, Bush campaign attorneys asked the U.S. Supreme Court for an emergency stay of the Florida Supreme Court 41-page ruling until a federal appeals court in Atlanta could consider the case. Bush’s appeal said the Florida ruling was unconstitutional and that the electoral process could GORE suffer “material harm” if the recounts go forward. Democrats went from despair to relief in the course of an hour Friday afternoon, and Gore advisers said they fully expected the vice president to overtake Bush in the new vote count. At that point they would begin pressuring the Texas governor to concede defeat much as Bush had attempted to do with Gore. “Two strikes, two outs in the bottom of the ninth, and Gore gets a hit,” exulted Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, one of the Democrats who had said in advance that an adverse ruling could end Gore’s hopes. Basketball SV wins NB wins Rangers beat Justin Northwest, 48-24/1B NB Unicorns stop Edison Bears 67-47/1B Visions of music NBMA celebrates Gruene Hall with new exhibit K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Artist Mark Nelson (above) gesso’s his canvas of the Groobees at Gruene Hall down in the basement of the New Braunfels Museum of Art. Working from hundreds of sketch pads, Nelson lays out copies of a drawing that he will replicate for a “Gruene Hall” exhibit at the museum. By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer The latest exhibit to hang in the New Braunfels Museum of Art incorporates two of its would-be saviors’ visions: keeping the museum fresh by replacing a two-month old exhibit and highlighting Texas music in a visual medium. • The museum’s latest exhibit, “Gruene Hall: A Texas Legend,” runs through Feb. 6. A reception, from 7 p.m. to IO p.m. Saturday, will feature The Shelly King Band from Austin, and is free to the public. NBMA is open IO a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. “Gruene Hall” is the second exhibit to hang since the Hummel Museum traded its name and identi ty to become the New Braunfels Museum of Art. By plucking from a sketchbook kept by local artist Mark M. Nelson, the NBMA has tried to capture the essence of the past 25 years of Gruene's 125-year history. Nelson’s pen and ink sketches are done in rough lines so shaky it almost looks as if the subjects are moving. “He captures the moment — the spirit of the musician,” said Charlie Gallagher, the museum’s development director. “It’s not an exhibit of drawings: It’s an exhibit of journals. He’s chronicled the history of Gruene Hall.” Nelson has spent a lifetime sketching scenes from church, school and visits with friends, but the drawings on display represent the glimpses of Gruene Hall performances he has attended in the past See MUSEUM/3A Council takes up pay-as-you-throw plan From Staff Reports The New Braunfels City Council will consider an ordinance implementing a proposed “pay-as-you-throw” garbage plan Monday. The ordinance must be approved three times before it becomes law. Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at the New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casted Ave. The city’s recycling committee proposed the plan to reduce the amount of waste going to a landfill and increase participation in the city’s recycling program. The proposed plan would not change the $8.15 monthly fee residents pay for twice-a-week garbage collection or the $ 1.85 monthly fee for once-a-week recycling. It would, however, establish more strict regulation of the amount of trash residents can leave by the curb. Under current regulations, residents can leave the equivalent of three 30-gallon cans of garbage at the curb for each collection. However, information from the committee said that sanitation workers “occasionally will pick up excess loads to accommodate residents.” The proposed plan would continue to allow residents to leave the equivalent of three 30-gal-lon cans at the curb for each collection. However, garbage above the limit would not be collected unless a sticker the city would issue is attached to the trash bag or containers. Extra garbage without a sticker would not be collected, and residents would be required to remove uncollected garbage the day of trash pick-up. The committee has proposed giving each garbage customer one set of five garbage stickers when the program is implemented. New customers also would get one set free. The ordinance council will consider Monday does not address the cost of additional stickers. However, the committee has proposed that sets of five stickers cost $10 each. The stickers would be available at city hall and other locations. Meeting ■ WHO: New Braunfels City Council ■ WHAT: Proposed pay-as-throw plan ■ WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday ■ WHERE: council chambers, New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casted Ave.Inside Abby................... .............5A Classifieds............ ...........5-8B Comics................. ..............4B Crossword............ ..............5A Forum................... ..............6A Local/Metro.......... ..............4A Movies................... ...............5A Obituaries............. ..............3 A Sports.................. ..........1-3B Today.................. .............2A Comma Sundav United Way fund-raiser needs donation boost ■■■    _ Rv ROW Mai DKIPV    __    A    n\/r\np    nvjl    inn    a    Hnnatmn    t Key Code 76 you tie another bow, check out r^how the experts wrap their tidings LJ of joy with instructions on tying the perfect holiday bowJLifestyle IC By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The United Way of Comal County is still short of its $425,704 goal heading into its traditional holiday conclusion. Friday, United Way of Comal County Executive Director Joe Rogers said his agency still needed more than $160,000 to reach its goal. "We’d like to end our drive this month, but as usual some of our big industrial employers don’t finish their drives until Christmas,” Rogers said. Many residents work in San Antonio, and the United Way of Comal County RON MALONEY/HeraW-Zeitung United Way president Jonathan Hull accepts a check for $8,846 from Marguerite Macke of New Braunfels Utilities. b M /At I r Anyone making a donation outside the county is asked to include the Comal County United Way’s identification number, 825, for it to be credited here. In Comal County, the United Way supports 25 civic groups and agencies that serve the needy, elderly and children. They include the SOS Food Bank, Community Service Center, Comal County Emergency Children’s Shelter, the Bulverde Senior Center and many others. Of the money raised, only $4,473 leaves Comal County to support state and national United Way efforts. “This is the season when everyone’s See UNITED WAY/3A ;