New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 22, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Cut in benefits breaks 10-year trend
By David Espo
AP Special Correspondent
WASHINGTON — In the final clashes of a year of partisan conflict, Senate Republicans suffered defeat in their drive to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling Wednesday, but sal
vaged a $39.7 billion package of deficit cuts on Vice President Dick Cheney’s tie-breaking vote.
The fate of a third bill on the White House priority list, legislation renewing the anti-terror Patriot Act, hung on an unpredictable last-minute stab at compromise.
Even Cheney's presence and the 51-50 vote it meant in favor of deficit cuts left the White House and GOP leadership short of final victory on the measure. Democrats forced a few minor changes in the moments before it passed, enough to require the House to vote again before the meas
ure can go to President Bush for his signature.
Bush watched developments from a distance, calling the vote on the deficit-cutting bill “a victory for taxpayers, fiscal restraint and responsible budgeting.” He attacked critics
See CUTS, Page 3A
■ PASSED - $39.7 billion package of deficit cuts by the Senate via Vice President Dick Cheney's tie-breaking vote
■ DEFEATED - Bill to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling
■ UP INTHE AIR - Compromise effort on renewal of the controversial Patriot ActHigh-speed chase ends with wreck
A high-speed chase came to a dramatic conclusion Wednesday night when police shot out the tires of the car and the vehicle rolled over after the driver refused to stop. As of presstime, police were still investigating. See Friday’s Herald-Zeitung for a complete report.
By Jessica Sanders
Some paint for relaxation, some to expand their creativity. Olga Stamps paints just because she can.
“I paint because I like it,” said Stamps, a 100-year-old landscape artist.
Now others in Comal County have a chance to like Stamps’ art, too.
Art by Stamps and other residents of Eden Home in New Braunfels is being put on greeting cards, said Larry Dahl, Eden Home’s executive director. The cards are being offered at the nursing home, located at 631 Lakeview, for $10 a box while supplies last.
“The pictures are great and show a lot of different perspectives," he said. “The families are really excited to be able to send them out.”
Art is nothing new to Stamps, who started out as a kid with a pencil and paper.
“Before I started to school, I would draw what I saw in the newspaper’s comics," Stamps said. “My mother studied art in college, and she probably helped me.”
Stamps’ daughter, Margaret Ogden, said her mother tells her she has artistic potential, too.
“She always tells me that I can paint if I try, but I haven’t done anything yet,” Ogden said.
Stamps said her own mother didn’t approve of her early works. She started painting seriously around 1929, when a friend gave her art lessons.
“One of my first paintings was a swan and some water,” Stamps
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Olga Stamps, 100, works on one of her watercolors in her room at Eden Home. Stamps is one of many residents at Eden Home who have used art to brighten up the home. Below, a watercolor
painting by Stamp Aging 'Art is Agele
s took third place in theTexas Association of Homes and Services for the ess" contest.
said. “Mother didn't approve of the way the swan looked — or the water.”
Her early struggles shaped Stamps into a selfdescribed perfectionist. Over the years, her paintings progressed to include landscapes, birds, flowers, houses and more. Working mostly in oil paint, she has been awarded several ribbons at the Howard County Fair, in her West Texas
See ARTISTS, Page 2A
Gift from H-E-B leads to driving lessons for NB woman
By Leigh Jones
Sylvia Alvarez could think of only one thing when she found out she had won a brand new car — “I don’t even know how to drive.”
Alvarez was making a routine grocery shopping excursion in New Braunfels in early November when the cashier told her she was the last winner in the H-E-B Texas Dream Home Giveaway.
“I just stood there like an idiot,” Alvarez said with a laugh. “AU of the managers started to gather around me. I could hardly believe
it was reaUy happening.”
The confused shopper earned her winning ticket by purchasing three products included in the contest. Her purchase automaticaUy triggered a game piece print-out.
Instead of the usual game piece, Alvarez received an instant-win ticket for the car.
By the time Alvarez was persuaded she was not dreaming and a new car reaUy was in her near future, she began wonder whether her lack of a driver’s Ucense would get in the way of her early Christmas present.
“I was afraid I wasn’t going to
be able to keep it because I don't drive,” she said. “But they told me it was mine, no matter what. So I’m learning how to drive now, let me teU you.”
Alvarez, who has lived in New Braunfels for 25 years, never felt the need to learn how to drive because she relied on her husband to take her where she needed to go. After he died 18 months ago, her three chffdren took over the responsibifity of chauffeuring her around town.
But now she has her learner’s permit and a shiny silver Ford Five Hundred to travel to the
grocery store in.
“I only have three more hours before I take my test to get my real license," Alvarez said. “I’m a little scared, but it’s going OK so far.” Alvarez collected her car Friday from San Antonio’s Jordan Ford dealership. It has been sitting in front of her house ever since — no one but the new owner is allowed to drive it.
H-E-B representative Jodi Brasi-ola said watching Alvarez take the keys into her hands was a special moment.
See DRIVING, Page 2A
By Jessica Sanders
Santa Claus might have a little trouble fitting a motorcycle in his sleigh, but that won’t keep Robbieann Maldonado from asking.
“I’ll actually probably get Barbies and stuff,” said Robbieann, a third-grader at Frazier Elementary in the Comal Inde- Robbieann pendent School District Maldonado in New Braunfels.
Children all over Comal County were getting excited about winter break during holiday parties and early school dismissal Wednesday.
Kendra Medrano, a first-grader at Lamar Primary in New Braunfels ISD, said she expects a Dell laptop under the tree this
See CHRISTMAS, Page 2A
The much-anticipated apartments at the former LCRA site are close to finished.Local real estate appraisers trade in work for fun
By Leigh Jones
One morning in the very near future, Vladimir and Gale Pospisil will wake up with nothing to do.
Or at least nothing to do that involves making money.
“It’s kind of scary but exciting at the same time,” Gale said. “We’re really looking forward to it.”
The dynamic real estate appraisal duo, who have been in business together for the last 21 years, did their final appraisal T\ies-day morning. They are closing their business at the end of this week, mainly because it is getting in the way of all of the fun things they want to do.
“Originally we thought we would quit in 2007, but we both started thinking about enjoying the things we like to do while we’re still in good health,” Gale said.
Their list of planned activities is rather long.
Gale, who serves as city councilwoman for See RETIREMENT, Page 3AThe Sonier Group
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AGED TO PERFECTIONAward-winning art comes from unlikely place
With school out, students turn attention to Christmas