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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Tuesday, December 13, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 7 GOODFORYOU Photo submitted United Way Drive Chair David Welsch accepts a check for $27,245.75 from Checks InThe Mail. Pictured are, from left, Welsch, John Ruiz team member, Steve Johnson executive sponsor, SallyTamez-Salas co-chair, and Allison Burnett co-chair). Checks in the Mall donates more than $27,000 to United Way Checks In The Mail recently completed its United Way Campaign Drive by presenting United Way of Comal County with a “big” Check for $27,245.75. The donation represents $11,570 in donations raised by special events during the four-week campaign and employee payroll deduction pledges make up the remainder of the donation. 'Hie United Way team at Checks In The Mail said it definitely tries to make the campaign a fun event. “We have our balloon day, candy grams, casual days and silent auction that have been repeated from the previous year," said co-chair Allison Burnett. “And we added a really fun Executive Challenge event this year where the executives dressed up and raced remote control cars through an elaborate race track,” added co-chair Sally Tamez-Salas. “We want everyone to know that we can give to support the 24 charities and have fun at the same time.” David Welsch, United Way drive chair, was present to accept the check. “We thank the team members of Checks In The Mail for their outstanding support in the community. On behalf of the 24 partner charities, we thank you.” Additionally, a team from Checks In The Mail spent a Day of Caring helping the St. Jude’s (tenter for Young Children in late October. “I’ve been on the Day of Caring team for the last four years,” said John Ruiz, “and every year it’s been a great experience seeing the work that goes on at die agencies supported by United Way.” For information about how your company can conduct a campaign drive, contact United Way of Comal County at 830-620-7760 or visit the Web site at Birthdays/Anniversaries HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: ■ Bodo Dietert Jr. ■ Wayne Ross DAILY CLASSIFIEDSTODAY Car shopping? Get great deals on new and used vehicles. TODAY'S EVENTS CLUBS Masonic Lodge No. 1109 Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: At Lodge, 1157 W. San Antonio St. You should know: Regular meeting. New Braunfels Toastmasters Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Location: The Scooter Store, 1672 Independence Drive, New Braunfels. Everyone is welcome. Improve your speaking, leadership skills. Information: 625-2217 or [email protected] Hill Country Chorus Time: 7 p.m. Location: First Baptist Church, Santa Clara and Cross Street You should know: Chorus is local chapter of the International Barbershop Society. The community is invited to participate or come listen. Information: Call Mike Finn at 626-7878, or visit the Web site at Guada-Coma Garden Club Time: 11 a.m. Location: Jean Dorbrandt's residence, 806 Encino Drive You should know: Members please bring unwrapped gift for the Children's Rainbow Room. There will be a potluck luncheon and gift exchange. Information: 608-8055 Comal County Genealogy Society Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: First United Methodist Church Parlor Room You should know: Christmas party and Volunteer of the Year Awards. Please bring a snack to share and a show-and-tell item. Information: Mary Ann Lehmann, 606-0740 New Braunfels Skatspeilers Time: 7 p.m. Location: Elks Lodge You should know: Winners from Dec. 6 were Rudy Henzi, Bernie Krebsbach, Chester Boenig, Mike Kivlin and George Goepf. COMMUNITY Al-Anon 12-Step Program Time: 7 p.m.. Location:The 24-Hour Club, 1142 Eikel St. Information: 210-326-2941 Mental Illness Support Group Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Location: 1117 N. Walnut St., right photo submitted DON'T MISS WINTER BREAK CAMP The McKenna Club will have a Winter Break Camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 26 through 30. The event is for ages 5 through 12 and will include swimming, arts and crafts, games and other activities. Participants are asked to bring swimsuits, towels, change of clothes, sack lunches and snacks each day. Cost is based on membership. For information, call the club at 606-2829. side of the building You should know: Support group for people who have been affected by mental illness, informal setting. Occasional special guests will provide an educational and supportive presentation. Cost: Free Information: Don Guenther, 830-560-3787 Jazzercise Time: 6:30 p.m.Tuesdays and Thursdays; 8 a.m. Saturdays Location: Westside Community Center, 2932 S. Interstate 35 You should know: Class is 60 minutes and includes warm-up, high-energy aerobic routines, muscle-toning and cool-down stretch segment. Information: 210-497-3054 All Issue-Related Groups Time: 6:15 p.m. Location: Oakwood Baptist church, 2154 Loop 337 N. You should know: Start with light meal and fellowship, all groups meet for informal worship and short teaching and then break into issue sensitive groups that meet for an hour of open share and/or step study. Information: 625-0267 Let's Play Playgroup Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Location1 Landa Recreation Center You should know: Age 4 and under. Pre-register with the Parks and Recreation Department or walk in. Cost: $3 per day Information: 608-2167 Dinner with the Arts Show Auditions Date: Private auditions by today You should know: Singers, dancers and actors needed. Call after noon to schedule an appointment for private audition. Performers may use any song, dance, monologue or scene they already know.The show will require only three rehearsals to put it together. Performance date is Jan. 22. Information: 625-4824 Roadway Impact Fee Committee Meeting Time: 6 p.m. Location: City Hall Canyon Middle School Band Holiday Concert Time: 7 p.m. Location: Gym Smithson Valley High School Choir Winter Concert Time: 7 p.m. Bill Brown Elementary Holiday Choir Program Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Cafeteria Herald-Zeitung To have your event publicized, contact Melissa McCaghren at 625-9144, ext. 222, or by e-mail at [email protected] Goodwin Primary Holiday Choir Program Time: 7 p.m. Location: Frazier Elementary gym Spring Branch Middle School Holiday Choir Concert Time: 7 p.m. Location: GVTC New Braunfels Christian Academy sings at McKenna Hospital Volunteer Luncheon Time: 10 to 12:30 p.m. Location: First Presbyterian Church WORKSHOPS Do Well Be Well with Diabetes Education Class Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Location: West Side Community Center You should know: A diabetes educational series held the second Tuesday of the month with a different speaker and topic each month designed to meet the needs of lower socioeconomic residents who don't have insurance and can't afford other education classes offered in Comal County. All Extension programs meet Equal Opportunity requirements and nondiscrimination laws.The December speaker is Dr. Carlos Campos. Cost: Free Information: Kathleen Greer, 620-3440 REMINDERS PLAN AHEAD Charity Banquet Time: 6 p.m. Location: New Braunfels Civic Center You should know: Funds will be used to help local law enforcement and youth shooting and safety programs. Enjoy a dinner of ribeye, bake potato, green beans almadine, salad rolls, iced tea and dessert. Live and silent auction^ raffles, and bucket drawings.Sponsbred^y The Heart ofTexas Chapter Friends of . NRA. Tickets must be purchased before Dec. 15. Cost: $20 Information: Huntor Borland 626-2300 New Year's Eve Dance Date: Dec. 31 Time: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Location: Civic center You should know: Music by The Little Fishermen Orchestra. Tickets available at China-n-Things, Johnson's Furniture. Cost: $20 per person Information: 625-6802 WEATHER Updated forecasts: Type "city, state" or zip code into space provided and click "go" button. CLICK b p p TEXAS FORECAST TODAY Cloudy Rain: 10% Hi: 67 Low: 59 Forecast for Tuesday, Dec. 13 City/Region High j Low temps Amarillo 56 | 29 PS ///// • El Paso 59" | 40° Midland 63c | 41° // // / Wichita Falls 62° | 34° S/ '/ S Austin 68 I 42° * • Houston San Antonio • 68 I 48° ..J SUN and MOON Sunrise today 7:17 a.m. Sunset today 5:34 p.m. MOON PHASES Full 12/15 Last qtr. 12/23 New 12/31 I 1st qtr. 01/06 POLLEN COUNTS Mold    Low Pigweed    Absent Mountain Cedar Absent Ragweed    Absent COASTAL FORECAST Port Aransas: Mostly cloudy with a less than 20 percent chance of rain. Light east winds increasing to southeast at about 10 mph in afternoon. High in lower 70s. It will be cloudy tonight with a 30 percent chance of showers after midnight. South winds at 10 to 15 mph. Low in mid-60s inland, upper 60s coast. Wednesday Cloudy Rain: 40% Hi: 76 Low: 39 Thursday Partly cloudy Hi: 62 Low: 42 Friday Mostly cloudy Rain: 50% Hi: 50 Low: 37 Saturday Mostly cloudy Rain: 40% Hi: 47 Low: 38 BY THE NUMBERS IN COMAL COUNTY Highs/lows    12/09 Canyon Dam    63/44 New Braunfels Airport 65/37 Rainfall    12/09    Month Canyon Dam    0    Trace New Braunfels    0    .09 Water Flows 12/10 Change Edwards Aquifer 678.5    -0.1 J-17 Well    678.3    0 Comal River    367    -2.0 cubic ft/second Canyon Dam 12/10 Change Inflow    188    -3.0 _ cubic    ft/second Outflow    119    +2.0 cubic ft/second Lake level 906.93    -0.01 feet above mean sea level NBU Pumping Report 12/10 Surface water    7.504 million gallons Well level    1.158 million gallons ACROSS TEXAS as of 8 a rn. Monday City/ Hi/ Lo/ Pre/ Otlk Amarillo/57/^/PCIdy- Austin/68/42//Cldy Dallas-Ft Worth/65/43//PCIdy El Paso/55/35//Cldy Houston/65/41//PCIdy Lubbock/56/38//Cldy San Anto n i0/65/43//CI dy ACROSS THE NATION as of 8 a m. Monday City/ Hi/ Lo/ Pre/ Otlk Albuquerque/41 /29//PCIdy Atlanta/50/34//PCIdy Baltimore/44/30//PCIdy Boise/28/13//PCIdy Boston/41/31//Snow Buffalo/31/16/.22/PCIdy Chicago/28/7//PCIdy Cincinnati/36/28//Cldy Cleveland/33/21/.14/Snow Denver/44/22//Clr Detroit/33/12/.01/PCIdy lndianapolis/34/21//Snow Kansas City/47/35//PCIdy Las Vega s/61 /39//PCI dy Los Angeles/72/48//PCIdy Miami Beach/78/61//Clr Mpls-St Paul/20/18//Snow New Orleans/60/41//PCIdy New York City/40/35//Snow Philadelphia/40/29//PCIdy Phoenix/67/50//Cldy Pittsburgh/32/24/.11/Snow St Louis/44/36/.01/Cldy Salt Lake City/32/13//Cldy San Diego/67/51//PCIdy San Francisco/58/50//PCIdy Seattle/42/36//Cldy Washington,D.C748/35//PCIdy Wichita/63/35/,Clr Wilmington, Del/41/30//PCIdy WEATHER EXTREMES High 79 at Marathon, Fla. Low -17 at Gunnison, Colo. DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Traffic on Texas 46 near Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park comes to a stop so that Air Life can land to pick up a patient Monday morning. For Local Drivers: ■ Closure: The right lane of the southbound Interstate 35 frontage road from FM 306 to Business 35 will be closed in short stretches through Dec. 23. ■ Reopens: Dec. 23. ■ Detour None; expect delays. ■ Work: Contractor will be lowering curb inlets. ■ Closure: The inside lane of southbound Interstate 35 from a half-mile north of FM 1103 to a quarter-mile south of FM 1103 will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Thursday. ■ Reopens: When work is completed. ■ Detour None, expect delays. ■ Work: Contractor will be pouring concrete in center median barrier. ;