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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 22, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Home office: 222 Merchandise Marl Plaza ( h ic ago, ll. 60654-2001 • www.bankcrslife.comChanges. Several key Pedernales Electric fees and charges are changing because of increased costs of doing business. For example, PEC is increasing minimum bill charges for certain rate classes — including residential members. The late payment processing fee is also rising, with both these changes effective on bills rendered after Jan. I. You can call or visit any PEC office for more details.t decide what jto rnToda Thurs., Dec. 22n J 5-8PMHave a drink & let us •    help you select theperfect gift! Free rift wrap. «■» *** WH* .ii Mi. w- . WW Mk llWho says Christmas shopping can’t be fun! » 651 N. Business LH. 55, Suite 240 New Braunfels Marketplace 830-625-3202 * www.ernestos.coin Do YOU Have:    CD’s, IRA’s, or Money Market Accounts? Are YOU Concerned About: • Decreasing Interest Rates? • Safety of Principal? • Unlimited Growth Opportunities? Bankers Life and Casualty Company has an alternative for YOU! Call and ask about our Annuities! 5.75% guaranteed for the first year!* Includes a 2% interest rate bonus in the first policy year!* *With Policy LA-06T, current rate is subject to change Contact me today at: 830-481-9563 • 830-560-1163 [email protected] OBITUARIES Paid advertisements JANET CHERYL OLEKSY Mrs. Janet Cheryl Oleksy, age 49, of Allen, Texas passed away December 21, 2005, at her home. She was born April 9, 1956, in Dallas, Texas to Jean R. and Laura Lee (Love) Sperry. On June 13, 1981, she married Stephen Anthony Oleksy II in Kansas City. Mrs. Oleksy was a loving mother who was devoted to her family. She was a member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of New Braunfels, Texas. She is survived by her daughters, Samantha Oleksy, Laura Elizabeth Oleksy, Amanda Lea Oleksy and Sara Beth Oleksy all of Allen; parents, Jean and Laura Sperry of Plano, Texas; sisters, Carol Kom-sthoeft and husband, Peter of Olathe, Kansas, Jeanine Hammond and husband, Steve of Orlando, Florida and Kathy Permenter and husband, Tim of Dallas; brother, Andy Sperry of Dallas; and a number of nieces and nephews. Her husband, Stephen Oleksy preceded her in death. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 23, 2005, at the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in New Braunfels, Texas. Memorials may be made to the Oleksy Children’s Fund, Payable to Kathy Permenter, Trustee, 9248 Canter, Dallas, Texas 75231. To convey condolences or to sign an online registry, please visit THEOGENIA ANNA METZGER BADING Funeral arrangements are complete at the Zoeller Funeral Home for Theoge-nia Anna Metzger Bading, age 79 years. Visitation continues until 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Zoeller Funeral Home. A mass of celebration will be conducted Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. ZOELLER FUNERAL HOME Funerals & Cremations 615 Landa, New Braunfels (830) 625-2349 William Leslie Funeral arrangements are complete at the Zoeller Funeral Home for William Leslie, age 80 years, who passed away in San Marcos, Texas. A Memorial Service will be conducted on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at the Zoeller Funeral Home. Services will conclude at the funeral home. ZOELLER FUNERAL HOME Funerals & Cremations 615 Landa, New Braunfels (830) 625-2349CUTS _ CONTINUED FROM Rage 1ADemocrats celebrate as Arctic drilling fails of the Patriot Act renewal, saying they "need to understand that the expiration of this vital law will endanger America and will leave us in a weaker position in the fight against brutal killers.” The vote to block ANWR marked one of the signature triumphs of the year for Senate Democrats, who mounted a filibuster that Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska and others fell four votes short of breaking. Supporters of the drilling proposal said tapping the reserves was an issue of national security, and would help reduce dependence on foreign oil. Stevens, who has campaigned to allow oil drilling in the refuge for a quarter-century, made an unusually personal appeal. “Every one of you, have you ever come as chairman of appropriations and tell me you needed help for your state and I have turned you down?” he asked. “I have fought” to help, he added. In the end, 52 Republicans and four Democrats voted to advance the drilling legislation to a final vote, four fewer than the 60 needed. Voting “no” were 40 Democrats, three Republicans and one independent. The vote set the stage for hours of back-room negotiations, as lawmakers struggled to clear a path for passage of the defense spending bill and other provisions attached to it. Among them was aid totaling $29 billion for the victims of I lurricane Katrina and other storms that hit the nation last fall. The demise of the ANWR legislation came not long after Cheney cast his tie-breaking vote on the deficit-cutting measure, which includes the first attempt in nearly a decade to curb the growth of federal benefit programs that serve millions of Americans. “It’s just a small down payment on the challenges that face this country in the years ahead,” said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee. Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said the legislation marked the only opportunity of the year to “reduce the rate of growth of the federal government.” The measure represented one of the top goals of congressional conservatives for the year, although Republicans also pointed out the savings amounted to a small slice of the anticipated federal spending over the next five years. Democrats said that however it was described, it would fall too harshly on lower-income Americans. Reid called the GOP legislation “ideologically driven,” and Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., denounced it with sarcasm. He said it was prelude to $70 billion in tax cuts for the wealthy that Republicans plan to pass next year, a combination he said would increase red ink. “If you like deficits and debt, if you want to pass on a massive debt to our children, this is your chance.” The legislation, the product of a year’s labor for the Republicans, would affect Medicare, Medicaid, student loans and other programs. Home health care payments under Medicare would be frozen at current levels for a year, and Medicaid would be altered to make it harder for low-income elderly to qualify for federal nursing home benefits by turning assets over to their children. The student loan program would be targeted for $12.6 billion in savings over five years, much of it from a change that would peg loans to a fixed interest rate. Business would be required to contribute $3.6 billion to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., the federal agency that protects certain pension plans. As was the case with ANWR, the vote closely followed party lines.RETIREMENT_ CONTINUED FROM Page 1APospisil plans to run for another term on city council District 3, has next year’s re-election campaign to plan, in between working in the yard, beginning to play the piano again and reading more of the latest novels. Vladimir said he was looking forward to continuing his role as his wife’s biggest political fan. “I’m very proud of her, and of course I will continue to come to all of the council meetings,” he said. "There’s so much going on around town right now, and I’m very interested in public events.” When he is not up to his elbows in New Braunfels politics, Vladimir plans to increase his involvement with the Noon Lions Club, read more books about early American history and spend more time attending local events around town. And, of course, they have so much of the country to see and enjoy. “Neither of us have traveled much in the Midwest, so we are looking forward to making several car trips,” Gale said. Trips should be much easier to plan now that they only have to schedule around council meetings. They already have hooked their first cmise of the year, to the Mexican Riviera. The Pospisils met in the early 1980s in the Toastmasters club. They married in 1983 and decided to go into business together after working as real estate agents. After 21 years of spending every day together, the Pospisils agree their joint venture was one of the best things they have done, so far. "It wouldn’t work for everybody, but it does for us,” Gale said. “We recognize each other’s strengths and weaknesses. It’s certainly given us things to talk about.” “It’s been a good, enjoyable run,” Vladimir said. “Now its time to do something different.” GOURMET FOODS! fainted Pony & WESTERN GALLERY Sc GIFTS 249 W. 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