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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 9, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas Y THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9,2004 «**m*xmxxx*sxxxm pflXFD ADr 7pi rn 1000571 05/uT j "iitOfUBLrSHEKS I I VANDELL DR Et RASO TX 7990? nii*}if{,{i.)tliiJ}ll,!injj>n DECEMBER 9,2004 ald-Zeitung SPORTS FOOTBALL Smithson Valley taking levelheaded approach against opponent in Saturday's football state semifinal. Page 7A FORUM COLUMN Guest columnist Stuart McLennan writes how it is time for patriotic citizens to express their anger. Page 6C Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 21 16 pages, 2 sections www: 500 00001' DEAR ABBY 6B CLASSIFIEDS 6B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD ,2B FORUM BA OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS BBJohnson: Parking time limit won’t help By Ron Maloney Staff Writer New Braunfels police chief Russ Johnson told a city advisory committee Wednesday he didn’t believe a two-hour time limit would improve downtown parking. The Main Street Advisory Committee and its subcommittees met in joint session to hear Johnson’s recommendations. At the request of retail business owners, the Main Street committee has been talking for months about possible solutions to downtown parking issues. Over the past year, the Main Street office has sent out two letters asking business owners to encourage their employees to park in back lots off the street. Retailers are concerned that, while there is plenty of parking on side streets and in lots behind many busi nesses, customers will drive by and shop elsewhere if they don’t see an empty space near the front of a See PARKING, Page 2A DID YOU KNOW? HAVE A BIT OF SPARETIME? B The Salvation Army still has openings for bell ringers. People with two hours to spare are asked to call 608-9129. SALVATION ARMY TRADITION a The tradition of the red kettle began in 1891 when Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee decided he wanted to raise money to feed Christmas dinner to San Francisco's poor. ■ He placed a Bot at the akland Ferry Landing with a sign that read. "Keep the Pot Boffin^ Enoug donations came in to pay for the food he needed ■ By 1897 the idea had spread around the country, and the Salvation Army raised enough money to feed 150,000 needy people at Christmas. a' still bein! accepted for the By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Leonard Kramer has been a Salvation Army volunteer long enough to know there is more than one way to ring a bell. “I try to vary the ringing, but I don’t carry a tune,” he said. Kramer might not ring his bell to the beat of a Christmas favorite like “Jingle Bells,” but his jaunty cadence gets shoppers’ attention without grating on their nerves. The real trick is to ring without getting tired. “My muscles do get sore, he said. “When that happens, I ring with the other hand or stand on the other foot.” Clad in his Salvation Army red apron and Lion’s Club cap, Kramer stood, on both feet, outside Big Lots for two hours Wednesday, taking donations in his shiny kettle. Kramer is one of 300 volunteers recruited by the Salvation Army to ring bells outside major retailers during the weeks leading up to (Christmas. In New Braunfels, shoppers will find the red kettles outside Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Big Lots and, on weekends, Granzin’s Meat Market. Local churches and civic organizations provide most of the ringing manpower — volunteers sign up to work in two-hour shifts, five per day. Salvation Army Center Manager Judy Baker said many of the same people volunteer every year. “We have such caring community members here," she said. “Plus, the volunteers really enjoy their time ringing." Kramer, a member of the Noon Lion’s Club, has been ringing his bell for several years and said his favorite part of volunteering was the people he met. “I get to see a lot of people and speak to them. Sometimes I even See KETTLES, Page 3A Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald Zeituny Leonard Kramer stands watch over his Salvation Army kettle outside Big Lots Wednesday afternoon. Ruben Monsiviar drops some spare change into the Salvation Army kettle outside Big Lots as volunteer Leonard Kramer rings his bell Wednesday afternoon. The Salvation Army kettles are at several locations around town. 2004 CHEER FUND Donations are ng id fc 2004 Cheer Fund. To donate— B Stop by the Herald-Zeitunu office at 707 Landa St. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday or mail a check made out to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung to Cheer Fund, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, 78130, before Dec. 18. Thanks to the following for their support: B Russell and Jo Lynn Timmerman B Stephen and Lois Schultz ‘Blue Santa program short 700 gifts; donations need to be turned in by Friday From Staff Reports With a Sunday deadline looming, the "Blue Santa” program is still short more than 700 Christmas gifts for needy children. I Yilice (Tiief Russ Johnson appealed Wednesday for anyone who has taken one of die “Blue Santa” gilt cards from a tree at a local business or retailer to get the gilt in by Friday night. Organizer Cissy Jankowski said they can be relumed at "Blue Santa” drop boxes located at Wal-Mart, the Sun dance Coll Range, Famous Footwear, Mr. Gatti’s, First Commercial Bank or die New Braunfels Police Department. “Even if they can’t fill die gift, they need to return the tag,” Jankowski said. “We could hang them on a tree and maybe they could be bought in over the weekend.” Also, Jankowski said, “Blue Santa” is still looking for monetary donations to buy food f°r families. Donations can be mailed to “Blue Santa," 1488 S. Seguin Ave., New Braunfels, 78130 or stop by the police department. For information, call New Braunfels police at 608-2179. Police officers and volunteers will spend the next week wrapping the gifts for Dec. 18 delivery to local families. “We still have 700 outstanding tags,” Johnson said. "Please, please, please get them in or Blue Santa’ is in real trouble this year.” Johnson said over the weekend, gifts can bt; turned in at the police station. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Santa Claus isn t the only person who makes his rounds during the holidays — and the Cirinch isn’t tile only one who steals Christmas gifts. (looks do much of their holiday shopping in store aisles and parking lots and love to conduct “clearance sales” in neighborhoods after Christmas. Local law enforcement officials want to make sure folks know' that commonsense steps can keep the law-abiding from becoming crime victims. “It’s really the same things you should do always, the year around,” said New Braunfels police detective Sgt. Bob Parchman. "Make sure things are locked up — and not left in plain sight. Most property crime is a crime of opportunity where a suspect sees something and takes the opportunity to steal it because the owners are not paying attention,” Parchman said. A department store parking lot can be a major area for crime during the See CRIME, Page 3A Filling spaces Oaks Shopping Center has come under new management. Neighbors, IDs can help protect home By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Clot a nosy neighbor? You might not realize it, but when it comes to crime prevention, he or she is your best friend. Comal County Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Officer, Cpl. Tim Kolbe said the best defense against crime is a good neighbor. “You should know your neighbors and, when they’re away and you notice anything suspicious, you should report it to the sheriff’s office or to police,” Kolbe said. “Ask them to do the same thing for you. We can’t be everywhere, all the time, and thieves count on that.” The second best defense is to mark all your valuables with your Texas driver’s license number and advertise that you’ve done so. See NEIGHBORS, Page 2A RINGING IN CHEER Salvation Army volunteers help with bells, kettles Safety steps may prevent ‘Grinches’ from visiting WM MUMM ;