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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 15, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Stammtisch Best withes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends birthday wishes today to Eli Hernandez, Eusebia Moreno, and Nelba Ouerrero. Happy birthday Monday to Bobby Culpepper, Chuck Milligan, Cynthia Ann Garza and Patti Westbrook. Belated birthday wishes to Sherry S. Hill, Andrea Carrizales, Todd Schneider and Rosanna Perez. Anniversary wishes today to Tom and Mary Torres. Holiday musk Holiday music concert set The Mid-Texas Symphony will present a concert of holiday music at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at the New Braunfels Civic Center. The concert features the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus with the New Braunfels High School and Seguin High School choirs performing Vivaldi’s “Magnificat” along with traditional holiday carols. The rest of the program will include Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3,” Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival" and “Fantasia on Grcensleeves” by Vaughn Williams. Maestro Akira Endo will conduct the orchestra. The Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus is being rehearsed by David Stevens of Austin. Tickets for this Christmas concert are SH for adults, $7 for senior citizens and college students and $2 for students through high school. Tickets are available at First Choice and Rhoads Interiors in New Braunfels and will be available at the door the day of the concert. The Mid-Texas Symphony Guild will sell Christmas poinsettias during the reception immediately following the concert. Proceeds benefit the Mid-Texas Symphony. Call 629-0336 for more information. Caroling on the Plaza Celebrate the holiday season by helping fill the night air with song at the annual Caroling on the Plaza Sunday, Dec. 15. Area musician Paul McLaughlin will serve as song leader for the holiday tradition, which begins at 6 p.m. on the Main Plaza. The streets will be blocked off for the 10th annual celebration, and printed song sheets will be distributed. Participants should consider laking lawn chairs and flashlights. Hot chocolate and coffee will be served. Sec STAMMTISCH, Page 2A A cold front that blew in Saturday will cool things off today. The high will be in the mid-40s. Instate: BUSINESS....................12A CLASSIFIED..............S-14B COMICS................  SB CROSSWORD................SA DEAR ABBY..................UA EDUCATION.......SB ENTERTAINMENT__________7B KALEIDOSCOPE________1-SB OPINIONS    4A RECORDS.......................SA SPORTS....................13-16AGood Day I 6ET AU THS COOKIES _ SANTA LEAVES > • IVM    'MIW* Nancy and Dick Mallard of San Marcos, at left, shop for a Christmas tree in New Braunfels. Below, Clarinet! Hahn ties plastic sacks over customers' shoes so they don't get muddy when they hunt for a Christmas tree. (Photos by Bill Ervin) Tree farmers gearing up for busy year By ROBERT STEWART tlttM IBI a ll a a Olin writer The time has come for families lo outfit their homes with Christmas trees for the rapidly approaching holiday and just as shoppers are urged to support New Braunfels businesses by buying gifts locally, they can also buy locally-grown trees. Christmas tree farms provide a back-io-nature family experience. At the farms, customers can even cut down their own tree, if desired. Hahn’s Tree Farm on Hunter Road, north of the Gruene Historic District, sells Afghan Pine trees that are native to the desert and require very little water, said Oscar Hahn. “We’ve got Texas-grown trees and that absolutely supports the local economy," Hahn said. “We will cut the trees but most of the people like to cut them themselves.” Hahn said that when he first started the tree farm, his insurance company wouldn’t allow customers to cut the trees so he found a new insurer that would allow it. “When the Christmas trees first came in, the insurance companies had never had a call for Christmas tree farm insurance," Hahn said. "We went around a long time before we could find somebody to even talk to us." The Hahn farm is selling trees for the fifth year and is located 2 miles north of the intersection of Hunter Road and Farm to Market Road 306 Open hours are IO a.m. until dark every day, he said. Hahn first planted trees nine years ago to create the farm. He sells the trees for $5 per foot, tx less if they are “not full — like if you wanted to put it in a conter." he said. For more information about Hahn’s Tree Farm call (512)-625- 5026 or (512) 629-6098. Grandma’s Garden Christmas Tree Farm, near Canyon Lake, also sells Afghan Pine Christmas trees ranging in height from four to twelve feet. “The Afghan Pine is a little bit longer-needled than other trees," said John Kaderli of Grandma’s Garden. “It is the same type of tree that New Braunfels has on the Main Plaza." Grandma’s sells their Christmas trees for a flat S3.25 per foot, Kaderli said. Open hours are 9 a m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and “call before you come out on weekdays." Police make arrests By ROBERT STEWART Suff Writer A New Braunfels man and a San Antonio man remain in the Comal County Jail on drug possession charges following their arrest Friday by narcotics officers of the New Braunfels Police Department, said Captain Ray Douglas. Christopher Amador, 20, of the 200 block of South Hackberry and David Morales, 20, of San Antonio are both charged with possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, under 28 grams, which is a second-degree felony, Douglas said. Both men remain in jail in lieu of posting $25,000 bonds, set by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace R.G. “Doc” Blanchard. “Officers have had the subjects under surveillance for several weeks," Douglas said “Officers saw them stan to (allegedly) make a narcotics transaction.” Officers then arrested the subjects as they were conducting the alleged drug buy in a vehicle pat ked in a parking lot near the intersecuon of Interstate 35 and Texas 46. Seized rn the raid were seven and one-half grams of cocaine and around $200 cash. Douglas said. Contest picks best lit house The Doyle Trawick home was chosen Saturday evening as having the best overall lighting in the annual Soulhbank Christmas Light Up competition. Taking honorable mention in the overall lighting category was the Bill Daffin home. Awards also were presented for the best lighted wreath and an honorable mention in that same category. Taking the top honors in that category was the Ron Smithers home. Honorable mention went to the Les Koopman residence. Lafarge officials issue opinion on state rule10 shopping days to Christmas By LARRY ROWE SUB Writer In the latest chapter of a local environmental war, Lalarge Corporation officials said they are exempt from state rules against die burning and storage of hazardous waste within a half-mile of residences. Rut the president ol an environmental citizens’ group called the officials “merchants of disinformation” arui accused them ol fabricating a loophole to get aiound the rules. Fred Koester, president of Lafarge's Southern Region, said die company believes the bill exempts any company that previously bur liedFood Drive nears end Hie New br ousels Net ahi Zeltung'i Cheer Fund drive now has raised $3,963.19. The goal of the drive is to tai se money to provide Christmas duuicis to local residents who are less fortunate. Daily updates of how much money has been contributed will appeal in the Herald until the delivery date, Dec 21 Latest contributors are George and Amy Shafer - $20 any type of waste — not just hazardous waste. “We are protected from the prohibition because it states, within a section of the bill (Senate Bill 1099), that anyone who has been burning waste material prior to the bill betotiiutg law is protected from the prohibition,” Koester said “We have been using tues as a fuel lieu*, and lire denved fuel is a waste toe! and meets the criteria of waste fuel described in Senate Bill 1099/’ he said Bul Paul Pennington, president of Securing a Future Environment, said the company is skewing the intent of die bill lo include all waste burning * (Xu contention is that the cleat and plain meaning of Senate Bill 1099 was lo protect people from hazardous waste management facilities," he said. “And to suggest thai tires are the same as hazardous waste is not only ludicrous, bul an attempt to circumvent the will of the Legislature " Lafarge’s opinion on the bill was a response lo the Texas Air Control Board, which is considering the company 's application tor a permit to start ha/aidous waste storage and burning.The air control board had asked lafaige in November for its position chi Senate Bill 1099, which prohibits any new hazardous waste management facilities within a half-mile of residences. Koester said Lafarge carmot meet that requirement. “There are definitely structures within a half-mile ‘And he added that by asserting the company's exemption from this requirement, they are merely “maintaining the status quo" by protecting their permit applications with the air control board and the Texas Water Conutussion. Pennington said the move was not meant to preserve the status quo. but is instead “a clear slap in the lace of die people of our town." Jim Braddock, genet ai counsel for the air conuol board, said he will be studying Lafarge's assertion that the bill's wording exempts them from burning ures. "It appears they’re putting significant importance on the word ‘waste-deriveil fuel.'" Braddock said, adding that he may want to look into the bill's legislative history . Koester said the company is waiting for an environmental assessment study by the San Antonio-based Southwest Research Institutes. The study is expected to cost Lafarge more than $500,000. “lf the environmental assessment brings forth some problems of some unsafe conditions that we cannot correct, then we will abandon the project,” he said. Gift buying Ray Schoch and Wayne EfTenberger help children gift wrap Chrutmaa gifts they picked out after aday of Christmas shopping Saturday The Breakfast Lions Club sponsors the yperMd program each year that allows underprivileged children to go pk -J    m m -k----s_... - ZI*.    k.. I tinttmas mopping, (nolo by 75 Cents Vol. 140. No. 18MST available copy Sunday December 15,1991 ^3 A\0    D*Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTYy Hor Three Sections, 46 Pages ;