New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, December 19,1995
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of MANDY REARY
Vol. 144, No.26
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Mandy Reary, George Lorn-bado Sr., Sean Lopez (six years), Rhanessa Roberts (one year), and Barbara A. Rosales (belat* ed).
Last chance for logos
The City of New Braunfels Main Street Transit Committee is extending the deadline for logo entries to December 21. The logo design must be able to be reproduced in black and white but may be four color. The committee reserves the right to alter or merge designs and names. For more information. call the Main Street Office at 608-2100.
Barbershop Quartet at HEB tonight
The New Braunfels Barbershop Quartet will be singing Christmas Carols at 7:30 p.m. tonight at HEB. Donations collected will be given to the New Braunfels Salvation Army.
Live nativity scene
The Holy Family Church Youth Program will hold its fourth annual live nativity on Dec. 22 and 23 from 7 p.m. to ? at the Holy Family Church CCD Center at 245 South Hidalgo Street
Optimists selling trees
The New Braunfels Optimist Club is operating its Christmas tree lot on Seguin Ave across from the post office. Hours of operation are 9 a m. to 9 p.m. Proceeds are used to sponsor youth activities.
Sesquicentennial book on sale
The radio program New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Minutes that has been broadcast during 1995 has been reduced to a book and is available for sale. The price is $15, plus $1 24 sales tax. Exact delivery date is not available But the Sophien-burg Museum and Archives will have book gift certificate available for sale until Friday, Dec. 22. lf you have questions, call 629-1572 or 629-1900.
Cheer Fund needs more donations
The Herald-Zeitung sponsors the Cheer Fund every holiday season, to provide food for the needy.
New donations include: Carmelita and Joseph Lisk Sr.
- $25, and W G. and Gretchen Ryals - $25, bringing the fund total to $4,018.11.
Delivery of food will take place at 9 a rn Saturday, Dec. 23. Volunteers are needed to help deliver the 200 food baskets. More donations are also needed to cover the cost of the food baskets that have been ordered.
To donate or to volunteer to help deliver baskets, come by the Herald-Zeitung at 707 Lam da St., or call Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144.
Chamber honors three for service to community
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Caroling on the Plaza
Earl and Von Rae Thomas sing along at the Caroling on the Plaza, held downtown Sunday night.
Jews celebrate ancient victory this week
By DENISE DZIUK
Christmas is almost here. However. while many are preparing to celebrate the birth of Christ, people in the Jew ish community are celebrating a victory in battle. Sundown Sunday marked the beginning of the Jew ish observance of Hanukkah.
Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month. It is based on a lunar calendar, so the exact day changes from year to year. In the Roman calendar, this falls around the end of November or the beginning of December.
“It’s the only holiday linked to a battle or w ar,” said Esther Boamet. of New Braunfels.
Gary Barr, of New Braunfels, said that in about 170 B.C., Jews were living under the rule of Syrians and Greeks who wanted them to worship their gods. The Greeks desecrated the Temple of Jerusalem. Some Jews assimilated, but a group fighting under the leadership of Maccabee fought the Syrians and took the temple back. Hanukkah w as a rededication of the Temple, said Barr.
“It symbolizes a small group taking up arms to defend their religion against a larger group, led by their faith and zeal," said Barr. "It’s symbolic of heroic acts of both the past and present.’’
Boamet said the reason Hanukkah lasts eight days is that it is in remem-
‘It symbolizes a small group taking up arms to defend their religion against a larger group, led by their faith and zeal.’
— Gary Barr
brance of a miracle that took place. She said the Maccabees rededicated the Temple. However, the oil burned in the temple had to come from a high priest. There was only a day’s supply of oil. The supply lasted until more oil could be received, she said.
“Miraculously, the oil lasted for eight days, and that’s why we celebrate Hanukkah for eight days,” said Barr.
To celebrate Hanukkah, Jews light a candelabrum, called a Menorah, said Barr. The Menorah has spaces for nine candles. There is one for each night, and the ninth candle, called a shamus, is used to light the other eight candles. One candle is lit the first night, two the second, and so on. until all eight are lit on the last day. Prayers are usually said in Hebrew while lighting the candle, said Barr.
Boamet said it is a time for gift giving. Traditionally, children were given
gold coins. However, today, most children are given gifts. She said it is similar to the gift-giving at Christmas.
“It has evolved into something bigger, a lot like Christmas has. It's been commercialized,” said Boamet.
Children also play a game w ith a top called a dreidel. The top has four sides with the Hebrew letters N G H S on it. The letters stand for the Hebrew phrase “a great miracle happened there.” The children spin the top. and gamble w ith candy or nuts, either w inning the w hole pot, half the pot, nothing, or having to give some back, said Boamet She said it is not unusual for Jew ish children to play a gambling game.
“In Jew ish history , life was a gamble. You didn't know if you would wake up in the morning,” she said.
Both said Hanukkah is traditionally celebrated at home. They said part of the reason it has gotten so much attention despite the fact that it is not a major holiday is due to it’s close resemblance to Christmas in terms of gift-giving.
“It gives the kids something to look forward to w hen their Christian friends are celebrating Christmas,” said Boar-net.
Barr said his family still participates in many Christmas celebrations with friends. He said their strong belief in their religion allows them to do this without compromising their beliefs.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The envelope, please — the 1995 w inners of the Chamber of Commerce Honors Awards are Jean Pfeuf-fer, Betty Richter and Tommy Zipp.
The three attended yesterday's chamber board meeting unaware that they would be honored. “It’s kept a secret,” said chamber President Michael Meek. “We try to trick them into coming without telling them why.”
“Jean is the type of person who can bring together different community forces for a project that requires the cooperation of the whole community,” said Carter Casteel, chair of the board.
Pfeuffer was the first president of the Water Oriented Recreational District. She has dedicated years of service to preserving New Braunfels heritage — as chairman of the Heritage Exhibit and House Committee of the Sophienburg Memorial Museum Association, and as a founding member of the Heritage Society.
“Betty Richter, you have always been ready to help any volunteer organization that will benefit the city of New Braunfels.” Casteel said.
Richter w as vice chair of the chamber's Bicentennial Celebration for several years. She has helped the cause of historical preservation in the Heritage Society and the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture.
This month marks Richter's 20th year as a Blue C oat.
Zipp’s name is synonymous w ith
service to area youth. He founded the junior livestock show in 1968. His fellow Realtors voted him Realtor of the Year and he has served as president of the Board of Realtors.
He has further serv ed area youth through the Comal County Fair Association as the current director of the Farm Bureau.
“You have helped build leaders that will benefit the community for years to come,” Casteel said.
The chamber will honor the three at its annual banquet Jan.
“The w onder-ful thing about people like Jean
Pfeuffer, Betty Richter and Tommy Zipp is that they do things for the sheer pleasure of it — not to get an award — just to make the world a better place," Casteel said.
Holiday blood drives crucial
Perhaps the most precious gift you can give this holiday season is a gift to a total stranger. Give the “gift of life” on Thursday. Dec. 28 at the Kirkwood Manor blood drive from IO a.m. to I p.m. in the blood center vehicle in the parking lot of 2590 Loop 337, or at the Colonial Manor blood drive from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the blood center v chicle in the parking lot of 821 Hwy. 81 W.
The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center must collect 300 pints of blood each day to supply South Texas hospitals. The holiday season is a difficult
time for the community blood supply.
Anyone betw cen 17 and 72 years of age, who weighs at least I IO pounds and is in good general health is encouraged to become a holiday blood donor. Donors receive a free Holiday t-shirt. a cholesterol test and a mini-physical.
All donors must show proper identification.
To sign up for the Kirkwood Manor blood drive, please call Deann Knetsch at 620-0509. For the Colonial Manor blood drive, call Ins Bowden at 625-7526.
Judge deals setback to CISD bond lawsuit
By DENISE DZIUK
A hearing was held Monday morning regarding the lawsuit challenging the CISD Oct. 14 bond election, and a judge ruled that the plaintiffs in the suit need to re-file their petition.
Comal Independent School District held a bond election in October, in which voters approved a $17.9 million bond issue. The election results were recounted, and upon recount, the issue still passed, by a margin of eight votes.
Lois Duggan and Wallace Greene, of Canyon Lake, filed a law suit against the board president, in an attempt to stop the bonds from being sold. The suit alleges that the district did not follow proper election and education codes.
CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said the hearing was a “special exceptions hearing.” District Clerk Margaret Her-bnch said such hearings are held for various reasons, including asking for the petition to be clarified.
“Basically, we asked the judge to tell (the plaintiffs) to clarify certain points, such as what it is they’re asking for and protesting,” said Major.
The judge did just that. He gave the plaintiff’s a deadline of Jan. 2 to re-file the petition. He also gave the district a deadline of Jan. 8 to respond to the new
petition. A tentative court date of Jan. 11 has also been set, said Major.
Herbrich said the plaintiffs must file the new petition before the deadline, or request an extension. She said if they fail to re-file or get an extension, the judge could throw the suit out.
In a board meeting last week, board president Jim Middleton called the suit “frivolous” and "despicable.” He also said he found it interesting that the two filing the suit did not even vote in the bond election, and their suit will cost the district a lot of money.
“It is very unfortunate that we have people in the district who claim to bt* dedicated taxpayers doing this to (the district),” said Middleton. “It’s despicable.”
Until the suit is settled, the bonds cannot be sold and issued. However, unsold bonds from the 1994 election were to be sold at the same time. Major said the district’s financial advisors are currently working on separating those out so they can bt* sold. The sale is needed to pay for middle schools that are already under construction. He said it is unclear what the cost will be to the district to issue and sell the bonds in two groups.
Greene said he did not wish to comment on the suit. However, he did say that he believes “it went well.” Attempts to contact Duggan were unsuccessful.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
The colors are spectacular as the sun has fallen behind a windmill near Landa Street and Wald Road. Skies are expected to remain clear today and tomorrow, with highs in the low 50s and lows in the low 40s or upper 30s. Thursday through Saturday will see increasing clouds, with a chance of rain Friday.Feds stop killer Mexican trucks from invading Texas. See , Page 4.