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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 23, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Saturday, December 23, 2000 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3AMICKEY/From 1A tlat ii Mickey Mouse telephone tlat is now part of her living room decoations. She could barely contain her excitement as she remembered her first encounter with Mickey. “I told my girlfriend, ‘Oh my God, that is the cutest phone.’ I sad, ‘Isn’t Mickey cute?’ That was it,” Pogje said. “It seemed like everywheu I went, there was something Mickey Mouse, and then my friends started giving me (Mickey Mouse) items. “I love it. Everywhere I go I look for it. And the Disney Store? Oh my gosh. That’s like my favorite store in the whole world.” Her collection includes a Mickey Mouse figurine in a hula skirt and flip flops that a friend brought from Hawaii. “I know where I got every piece,” she said. “I don’t have it written down, but I know who bought it and where it came from.” COUNTY/ From 1A Comal County Judge Danny Sdieel said he and German went way, way back together — to a time well before either of them got involved in politics. Scheel was in school with German’s children. “You’re a faithful servant to Comal County and a very special person,” Scheel said. German said, “It’s been an honor to be here all these years. I thank God, and I thank all of you for putting up with me.” Pct. I Commissioner Jack Dawson made note of Clennan’s tenure as tax assessor/collector. “If we’d have put the names of every county judge and every commissioner who worked here during your time, you wouldn’t be able to lift it,” Dawson said. “I want to thank you for your service, Gloria. You’ll always be my favorite Democrat.” Clennan, a Democrat, held her post for many years in a Republican county, running unopposed for reelection until this year. Many Republican friends urged her to change parties this year to overcome the obstacle posed by straight-ticket, party-line voting. She refused. “I can’t change who I am,” Clennan said after the election. County Treasurer Bart Bartholomew praised Clennan. “She’s a lady above ladies and a godly woman above-godly women,” Bartholomew said. County Auditor David Renken said, “We grew pretty close, not only from a professional standpoint but also as fiends. “We spoke on the telephone a few days ago to solve a problem. Near the end of the call, shetold me she loved me. I told her the same.” Clennan said she loved everyone she worked with — and she loved the county, which she said she had been honored to serve. “I’m appreciative to the voters and to the fine staff I’ve enjoyed working with,” Clennan said. “I’ve loved every minute and made many friends.” Moe Schwab is one of those friends. Schwab said he went back with Clennan perhaps farther than anyone. “Your brother was my first sergeant in the Texas National Her husband, Randall, also frequently feeds Pogue’s addiction by buying her Mickey Mouse items wherever he goes. “It’s gotten so, honestly, that my friends, everywhere they go they look for Mickey Mouse stuff,” Pogue said, and laughed. “So I ask them, ‘You think something’s wrong with me? What’s wrong with you?”’ Pogue has been in bad health for a number of years. She has had diabetes since she was a child and suffers from heart problems. Her health problems drew her to Mickey. “My health is so bad, and he is the happiest, most loving little animated character I have ever seen,” Pogue said. “I love kids, and for kids to love Mickey as many years as they’ye loved Mickey, you can’t help but love him. Anybody who does that much for kids has got to be alright, you know?” She takes her health problems in stride, accepting that she has to spend some days on the couch or in bed. She also carries nitroglycerin with at all times. And her sense of humor shines even in the face of her bad health. “I told my husband, ‘As bad as my health is, if you let some old broad move in this house, and she gets rid of my Mickey Mouse stuff, I’ll haunt you for an eternity. So you better be ready,’” she said, shaking her finger as if she were speaking to her husband. Instead, she said she wanted her youngest son to have her Mickey Mouse collection if something happened to her. “He will treasure it,” she said. “He will put it up just like this at Christmastime.” Pogue says she began decorating for Christmas each year on Thanksgiving. She’s worked every day since then to spread Christmas throughout her home. “It’s a lot of work, but I love it so much,” she said. A second living area also has a fireplace that is decorated with detailed Christmas stockings Pogue made for members of her family. She also made all the decorations hanging from the Christmas tree in the comer of the room, as well as the tree skirt underneath it. The kitchen and dining room area is decorated with Dallas Cowboy items, and Pogue strung glittery blue garlands on the wall. “I love Christmas,” she said, although she suggested people remember what Christmas is supposed to be about. She has good days and bad days with her health but is thankful anyway. “With all the advertising for Christmas and stuff, I tell people, ‘Just be thankful you have your children,’” Pogue said. “I don’t have one of mine. Thank God your children are alive. Thank God you can spend it with them.” Pogue has three sons and three grandsons. But her middle son, Matt, died four years ago at the age of 26. “He was really into Christmas like I am,” she said. “Come Christmastime, oh my God, we would laugh. We would put up stuff and have the best time.... “He just loved it,” she continued. “The first year he was deceased, I didn’t know if I could put it back up. My other boys told me, ‘You know Mom, you’ve got to. You love it. Matt loved it, and just think of all the good times you had together putting it up.’” She continued decorating each year and hopes to expand the decorations into her yard with the help of her youngest son. “I love Christmas,” she said. “Even though I don’t have my son, it is my favorite time of year. I love it so much. I don’t care if I don’t get a present. I just love Christmas so very much.” SAFETY/From 1A RON MALONEY/Nerald-Zeitung County Judge Danny Scheel gives Gloria Clennan a hug. Guard in 1949,” Schwab said. In later years, he and Clennan had less in common politically than they had before, though. “We didn’t share the same party since I became a Republican,” Schwab said. “No, but we partied anyway, Moe,” Clennan fired back. Scheel said, “I appreciate you, Gloria. When I came back here and started in 1995 as a county commissioner, I had lots of wild ideas. When I became county judge, they got wilder.” There was one thing he might have liked to have seen in the tax department, Scheel said, smiling. Clennan smiled back; she knew what was coming. “The only thing I could never could convince Gloria of — and I’m going to work on Sherman for — is a drive-up window,” Scheel said. and it’s hard to tell someone not to pile a lot of gifts or valuables in their car, but people need to be careful.” Kolbe said shoppers should lock all gifts and valuable property — including compact discs and wireless telephones — in the trunk of their car. “Remember, if it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind. A criminal will move on to another car,” Kolbe said. Always park in a well-lighted area and preferably close to the store. In the store, never, never, never leave a purse or wallet in a shopping cart, Kolbe said. All it takes is to turn toward a shelf for a moment, and the purse can be slipped into someone else’s bag. Carry a purse with a strap and hang it down in front of you where you can see it. A second choice, Kolbe said, if you have no strap, is to anchor it in your cart under a heavy item like a bag of dog food. Better still: lock it in the trunk and carry only a credit or debit card. Watch yourself when you’re leaving the store, Kolbe said. Try to never be in a position where you’re returning to your vehicle alone in the dark and be aware of people who appear to walk aimlessly around the parking lot or seem to be connected with no particular car. “Be aware of anything suspicious and be cautious,” Kolbe warned. “It isn’t good to be loaded down with packages, and maybe a child or two, fumbling around for your keys approaching your car,” Kolbe said. “Have your keys out in your hand. It cuts down slack time at your car, and they make a good defensive weapon,” Kolbe said. Keys can be used to slash or jab at the eyes of an attacker, and a heavy chain of them can stun someone if used to strike him. Always be sure to look in the car before you open it — particularly on the back seat and floor in case someone is crouched there, Kolbe said. “The whole idea behind the holiday season is love, friendship and family,” Kolbe said. “But we can’t let that distract us from security.” DRIVING/From 1A died in a senseless traffic crash.” The DPS doesn’t publish holiday fatality statistics any more. But in 1998, nearly 60 percent of Christmas traffic fatalities were caused by accidents involving alcohol. About 60 percent of the people who died in holiday accidents weren’t wearing seatbelts. DPS urges drivers to anticipate possible travel problems before hitting the highways this weekend. “The best way to avoid problems is to stop them before they start,” Hamilton said. “If motorists take a few minutes to prepare their vehicles and themselves, they can save hours of travel time and trouble.” DPS suggests the following Thanksgiving Day travel tips: ■ Remember the Stranded/Dis abled Motorist Helpline number for emergencies — (800) 525-5555, or if you’re a wireless phone customer of Alltell, GTE Wireless, Houston Cellular, Nextel, SBC Wireless, Verizon Wireless or Amarillo’s Cellular One, you can call *DPS (*377). ■ Obey the speed limit, wear safety belts and drive sober. ■ Inspect car fluid levels, tire air pressure, windshield wipers and the condition of spare tires, jacks and safety tools. ■ Place flares, flashlights, blankets, bottled water, snacks, a first aid kit and a mobile phone in your vehicle for breakdown situations. AAA Texas adds the following tips: ■ Get plenty of rest before hitting the road. ■ Allow extra time to reach your destination. ■ Determine your route ahead of time. ■ Secure children in safety seats as required by law and keep a pillow in the car so children can sleep comfortably. ■ Pack special snacks and toys that are appropriate for in-vehicle use. New    els Herald-Zeitung Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Saturday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (USPS 377-880) 707 Landa St., or PO. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas 78131-1328. Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $22.00; six months, $40; one year, $72. Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only: six months, $36; one year, $68. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $31.80; six months, $58; one year, $109.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $81; one year, $124.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 6 a.m. Tuesday through Friday and by 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday can call (830) 625-9144 . Postmaster: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, RO. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. ST. NICK/From 1A ask the children, “Can you pray?” and “Have you been good?” The good children received candy and treats, but bad children got coal, potatoes or switches. “St. Nick is kind of the forerunner of Santa Claus and sort of reports back to Santa Claus,” the Sophienburg St. Nicholas said. “It may be a little confusing for kids, but when, they hear the story, they understand the difference.” Children who attended this year’s Sophienburg event fell into solemn silence as New Braunfels Independent School Board trustee Bette Spain described how St. Nicholas rapped on doors. When three loud raps broke the silence of the serene gathering, the children, who were spread across the floor in story-time formation, turned nervously to look in the direction from which the sound came. St. Nicholas stomped in with a linen sack in hand, switches and candy cane s poking out. Wide eyes followed him across the room, and younger children waited for the older children to go toward the tall, red-robed man first. More than once, the Sophienburg St. Nicholas has recognized the child timidly approaching him, and he has used that to his advantage. If he knows their parents, he asks how they are; if he knows the child, he shares a detail that only the real St. Nicholas could know. “They’ll run back and go, ‘Mama, mama, he knows Grandpa.’ I have him believing one more year,” the Sophienburg St. Nicholas said cebine s ^Fine^ewefr Pre-Chrisfmas Trunk Show and Sale5 Open 5 Days Only! December 19, 20, 2l, 22, Sr 23 Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 1:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M Wednesday and Thursday 10:00 A M to 6:00 P M. 290 W. San Antonio St. (Brauntex Performing Arts T heatre Foyer) New Braunfels Texas PKone: 830 606-3285 Featuring IO K 14 K 18 K Gold Sr Sterling Silver Jewelry Diamond and Gemstone Jewelry Graal gift selections and price ranges from stocking stuffers to toe Christmas gift of your dreams! Insured Quarterly Notes due December 15, 2013 aud December IO, 2030 Obituaries GOMEZ Felicitas Gomez, age 71, of New Braunfels passed away Friday, Dec. 22, 2000, at the Colonial Manor. She was bom on Feb. 21, 1929, in New Braunfels to Jose Gonzales and Eulalia Sanchez Gonzales. She was a member of the Hosanna Baptist Church. She is survived by her daughter, Olga Gomez; son, Marcos Gomez Jr.; two grandchildren, Chris Gomez and Carrie Gomez; sisters Maria Hernandez; Lucia Pena and her husband, Romeo; Consuelo Young and her husband, Frank and Lee Campos and Gilbert; brother Eugenio Gonzales and his wife, Lusia. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23,2000, at the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel. Interment to follow at the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation at IO a.m. C* i -' Zoeller Funeral Home PILLOT Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels for Madalin T. Pillot, who passed away at McKenna Memonal Hospital on Friday, Dec. 22,2000, at the age of 82 years. Mrs. Pillot was bom on Nov. I, 1918. Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels DEVASSIE Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels for Charlie Mac DeVassie who passed away at her residence in New Braunfels on Friday, Dec. 22,2000, at the age of 90 years. Mrs. DeVassie was bom on Feb. 14, 1910. Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home ‘DcadU$te4, fa*: *7ffftf owl *7}4e TCpAtxcoim. The following advertising deadlines have been changed because of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays Retail and ( ia^ified Display Deadlines Edition Advertising Deadlines Date of Publication HeraM-Zeitung Wednesday, December 20th Tuesday, December 26th loped sam Wednesday December 20th Wednesday, December 27th Herald-Zeilung Thursday, December 21st Wednesday, December 27th Herald-Zeitung Friday December 22nd Thursday, December 28th Heratd-Zeitung Tuesday. December 26th Friday. December 29th Herald-Zeilung Tuesday. December 26th Saturday. December 30th Herald-Zeitung Wednesday. December 27th Sunday. 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