New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 23, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, December 23,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of' Shawmut Schnaldar
Vol. 146, No. 28
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The Ney; Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Ann Beck, Shawmut Schneider (20 years), Donna and Danny Medina (twins) and Susie M. Gonzales.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
(Pollen measured in paris per cubic meter oI air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River — 335 cubic feet per second, up 5 from Friday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 626.13 feet above sea level, up .21 from Friday.
Canyon Dam discharge —171 cfs River flow downstream may increase because of rain runoff.
Canyon Lake inflow — 311 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909.11 feet above sea level
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NSU reports pumping 5.380 million gallons of surface water Monday and 175,000 gallons of well water.
Dont oven dream about white Christmas Today — Cloudy with showers or thunderstorms, locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs in the mid 60s. Tonight, partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms, locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows near 40.
Wtdntidiy — Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s Wednesday night, clear Lows in the mid 30s.
Thursday — Partly cloudy. Highs in the 60s.
Friday and Saturday — Cloudy with a chance of rain. Lows in the 40s. Highs in the 60s
The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today was New Braunfels Service League.
This non-profit organization will supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to 9:30 p.m. today and hand out information In return, the organization will receive 50 cents per vehicle that passes through Cypress Bend Park tonight.
Offices close for Christmas
Window service for the New Braunfels post office will close at noon Wednesday and Dec. 31. Express mail, parcels and priority mail may be picked up until 4 p.m.
Down at city hall, offices will be closed Wednesday and Thursday in observance of Christmas There will be regular garbage and recycling collection on Wednesday but not Thursday. Residents who miss recycling collection on Christmas Day will have their recy-clables collected on Saturday.
NMZ closing offices for holiday
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung business offices will be closed starting at noon Wednesday and all day Thursday. Items can be dropped off in the newspaper’s night drop box near the front door at 707 Landa St. For information, call 625-9144.
On Christmas Day, look for your newspaper early in the day. The Herald-Zeitung s Christmas Day edition will be delivered early Thursday morning.
United Way drive chairman Jamas Dunks places the “over-the-top” insignia on the United Way thermometer on
Main Plaza. Watching ara preaidant Sheryl Branner, pest president David Sensing and
United Way drive goes over the top
Usa Stockwell and Joe Alvarado
Campaign surpasses $370,000 goal
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
United Way volunteers can plan a party and catch up on their sleep — Comal County helped the charity surpass its $370,000 goal.
“It was aft ambitious goal,’* said United Way director Joe Rogers. “We felt like, with this
generous community, we could make it.”
Ninety-eight percent of the money raised benefits 30 local organizations that serve a host of needs.
Many contributed to United Way through their workplaces by filling out payroll deduction forms, United Way drive chairman James Dunks said. Area employers that led United Way giving included H-E-B, Wal-Mart, Checks in the Mail, Mission Valley Textiles, Comal Independent School District and New Braunfels ISD.
Using payroll deductions, Mission Valley Textiles workers gave generously of their own accord, said human resources spokeswoman Yolanda Rodriguez.
“Employees saw the videos and pamphlets (about United Way)... Usually each employee donates at least 25 cents or 50 cents a week from his paycheck,” she said.
Checks in the Mail went the extra mile with its United Way drive — putting employees directly in touch with the agencies their dona-Tum to United Way, Page 2A
Nearly 1,000 pack Civic Center for Harvest from Heart
H#f«Jd-Zet«ung photos by Susan Jakobsen
Volunteer Dennis Lester gives Janie DeLaGarza her plats full of turkey, dreoelng and trimmings during Monday*! Harvest from
Ashley Hernandez, I, sets a slice of pumpkin pie while mom Rosemary looks on.
By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
With mobile phone in hand. Judy Kraft ran from foyer to dining room, overseeing the distribution of hundreds of pounds of food.
This was no ordinary meal — 40 turkeys, 60 gallons of dressing and 80 gallons of green beans were complemented w ith bountiful amounts of giblet gravy, cranberry sauce and bread.
Between 900 and 1,000 people crowded the doors of New Braunfels Civic C enter Monday for the fourth annual Harvest from the Heart, a full-course meal prepared and served by dozens of volunteers. The meal was available free to anyone in the community
Served from 5 to 8 p.m., the dinner included traditional Christmas music and a guest appearance by a whiteboards man in a red suit bearing toys.
“Can you believe it? We’re going to run out of food,” Kraft said at 6 p.m. “It (the turnout) is fantastic.”
Janie DeLaGarza said she waited in the serving line 30 minutes with her daughter, Siobhain Martinez, and granddaughter, Sabnna Sanchez.
The center w as decorated w ith poinsettias and colorful balloons, and seating was scarce.
“I didn’t think we’d have this many,” said Dora White, w ho donated her time and the use of her catering facilities at 348 Alves Lane to prepare mounds of stuffing Monday afternoon.
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Bulverde pilot, son injured in aircraft crash
Witness: ‘It looked like a corkscrew going down’
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BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
An ultralight aircraft crashed Sunday afternoon near Bat Cave Loop in southern Comal County, sending two people to a San Antonio hospital.
Doak Neal, a Bulverde resident, was piloting a Quicksilver GT500 ultralight plane and giving his 10-year-old son Wes flying lessons when the wing struts on the left side of the aircraft came loose from the fuselage. The Texas Department of Public Safety reported the left wing then folded and forced the aircraft to spiral dow n counter clockwise to the ground.
A ballistics parachute was deployed, w hich slowed the aircraft before it hit the ground around 3:20 p.m.
“The chute is what saved him and his son.” said Harold Ripper, a private pilot who was at Bat Cave Field north of Garden Ridge when the accident occurred
Neal suffered a broken left leg and back injuries. His 10-year-old son. W es. suffered minor cuts and bruises. Both were airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio.
Ripper said he was inside a hangar at Bat Cave Field when the incident occurred. He first was alerted to the accident by the sound of the fuselage separating. Then he heard the parachute pop out.
“I dropped my sandwich and ran to the scene,” said Ripper, who was attending a Christmas party with other people at the airport
“It looked like a corkscrew coming down.” said Ripper. “It hit the ground at about 25-30 miles per hour.”
Neal’s flight originated at kitty Hall Ultralight Field near Bulverde. Neal was sitting in the front of the plane and his son was sitting in a seat directly behind him. said Ripper tX»ak was try ing to land the aircraft when the accident occurred.
Neal apparently bought the ultralight plane in Houston about two years ago. said Ripper That type of plane is made primarily of aluminum and Dacron fabric.
Light weight planes can be constructed from kits and provide an inexpensive way to fly, Ripper said. The Quicksilver ultralight is somewhat smaller than a Cessna 150 and is a two-seater.
“You don’t see these kinds of things with ultralights," said Ripper, adding that the aircraft was a complete loss. "It was a freak accident. He (Neal) was a really experienced pilot.”
Neal was in the suigical intensive care unit at University Hospital in San Antonio Monday, in fair but guarded condition
The younger Neat was staying at University Hospital and was in good condition, according to a hospital spokesman
Women’s shelter gets $31,081 in federal grant money
From staff reports
The Comal County Women’s Center received $31,081 in grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according lo information released frau the attorney general’s office Monday.
More than $3.5 million is going to 58 rape prevention and crisis centers in Texas. Some $10,000 of the total $3,586,883 will come from $5 fees that sex offenders pay each time they visit their probation a parole officers.
“We were fortunate to receive it,” said Daniel Perez, Comal County Women’s Center director.
The funds will be used for counseling services for victims of sexual assault and for training of the counselors who provide those serv ices, he said.
Perez said the center applied tor and received a vaned amount of grants in the past four to five years.
“We’ve been serving more and more individuals who require those services,” said Perez of sexual assault recovery counseling.
Many of those served are not living at the shelter, but are county residents who need counseling to cope with the aftermath of sexual assault, he said.
Churches slate Christmas services
From staff reports
People who warn to remember the reason fa tire Christmas season by woshipping at an area church have several services from which to choose.
Among them are:
■ Crocs Lutheran, South Hickory and Cross Street — Christmas Eve candlelight service 7 p.m., C hristmas Day 9 a.m.
■ Dayspring Christian Fellowship, 1895 S. Walnut Ave. — Christmas Eve candlelight Lord’s supper 5 p.m.
■ First Protestant, Seguin Avenue laid Coll Street — Christmas Eve candlelight services 5,7:30 and 11 p m. The 7:30 p.m. is contemporary service. A prelude of Christmas music begins at 10:30 p m. fa the 11 p m. service.
■ First United Methodist, 572 W.
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San Antonio St. — Christmas Eve candlelight services 5:30,7 and 11:30 pm
■ Holy Family Catholic Church, 245 S. Hidalgo—Christmas Eve chil
dren's Mass 6 p.m., midnight Mm; Christmas Day IO a m. Mass
■ New Braunfels Presbyterian, 373 Howard — Christmas Eve candlelight service 7 pm.
■ Oakwood Baptist, 2154 Loop 337 — Christmas Eve 6 and 7:30 pm
■ Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 138 W. Austin — Christmas Eve children’s Mass 5:30 p.m., Christmas Eve Mass IO pm.; Christmas Day Mass 11 a.m.
■ St. John’s Episcopal, 312 S. Guenther Ave. — Christmas Eve 5 and 10:30 p.m.
■ St. Paul Lutheran, Cross Street and Santa Clara Avenue — Christmas Eve 5,7 and 11 pm.
■ Sis. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 386 N. Casten Ave. — Christmas Eve Mass 5 and 7 p m and midnight; Chn lamas Day Maes 8 and 9:30am
Keep your powder dry by checking your water valve — See Page 3A