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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 24, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Aikman signs NFL’s richest contract, $50 million — Pag COUNTDOWN! 452 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21,1995 f 4lo 1s°~uest"016 2627 - IHCRnc.:.^'?V* New Braunfels •''COi'TS r»* Sh^g VTs 7.80 14 Pages in one section ■ Dec. 24,1993 HeraW-Zeitung 3    Serving    Comal    County    for    more    than    142    years    ■    Home    of    KRIS    KRINGLE Vol. 142, No. 31 Christmas greetings of peace & joy! Bug— O’Caltaghan The word “Bethlehem" means ’house of bread." And tonight, Polish Christians will place a blessed candle in a loaf of bread. The Light of the World will be planted in the holy bread. The warm glow of candlelight will shine from the windows of Irish homes witnessing Christ’s birth and bidding warm welcome to passerby. England will bum the Yule log. The Christmas tree stands bravely in American homes. This is a Paradise tree reminding us to commune with Jesus, the Giver of life. This night girls may blush beneath the mistletoe, while the bright green and red cheer of the holly dispels the chill of frost and bare trees. Thus Christians, through these poetic gestures, have adorned the most poetic of Gospels, Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus. His story is a joyous resume of the old covenant's eager awaiting of the Day of the Lord. 1. Angels announce the birth. Malachi had declared that an angel would appear in the Messianic day. ’Behold, I send my angel before me" (Mal 3:1). The angel brought the news to Mary. The angel-messenger, John the Baptist, brought the news to the world. As the Allen angels rejoiced at the victory over Adam, so the triumphant* angels reverse those tones as they sing the Gloria. 2. Glory to God In the highest The word “glory" in the Bible refers to the radiance of God’s presence. The luminous rainbow after the flood, the pillar of cloud and fire in the desert manifest the power of God and his presence. The flame of the burning bush and the mighty figure of brightness in the vision of Isaiah (ch. 6) are equally manifestations of this glory. The prophet Daniel sees the Ancient of Days enthroned in the sky (ch. 7) in a cloud of glory. And now the glory and child are one. For here is the Son of God. 3. This message is njoy to all the people. These are a Messianic people. They were promised to Abraham in terms of stars and sand. God formed and covenanted them at the wilderness wedding by Mount Sinai. He made them § kingdom in the Promised Land. He molded them into a community of Aith in the crucible of Babylon. Daniel ought them up in a virion of Meaaiinic days (ch7), identifying them aa the “saints of tha Moat High." Now, filled with Joy, they will be transformed from the people of Yahweh into the Body of Christ. 4. For time it bom lo you, Jem, the Savior, who it Christ the Lord He it the new Moses bringing them ftom the Egypt of ain to tbs promised land of gnoe. Like David, ha is tbs king and shepherd ofhis people. He U the perfections of all the Savior figures of sacred history. He is the new Joshua -Joshua -Jesus the Savior. Men will always need a Messiah. If we do not show them the real one, they will pick a Alae one. Soma messiahs Bromise breed in exchange fbr freedom. Others promise heal A in exchange fbr atheism. Jesus promises a salvation that honors freedom and worships God. "Sing choirs cf angels, sing in aul' lotion. Sing all ye cottons of heaven above. Glory lo Qodtn tho highest. Oconto, lot us adore Hint.H (Rev. Miff. Eugene 0‘Callaghan is Pastor of Ste. Poler & Paul Catholic Church bt NewMrmafblsJ ‘The Gift’ Local family maintains holiday tradition set after 1972 flood tragedy Bv ROSE MAHE EASH 8t«tt Writer Many families in the area remember the flood of 1972, but there is one local family whose memories of that time have been transformed into a treasured holiday tradition — despite the Act that they nearly lost their lives in that flood. "My husband had gone to bed and the kids were in bed," said Dorothy Matschek. “I heard a noise and looked outside and there was all this water swirling around in our backyard. I woke up my husband to show him and he said ’Oh, my God—this is a flood, get the kids! *" The Matscheks climbed into a school bus (Tom Matschek was driving fbr foe schools at the time) because they thought its height off the road would help them navigate the watery streets. Not realizing how high the water was. Dorothy had intended for Thomas, a five-year-old, to walk to the bus while she carried the baby, Anne-Terese. But the water was too deep for him and he had to be carried, too. “I told Thomas to remember what we had taught him about what to do if he ever got lost — tell people who your parents arc and where we live," said Dorothy. “We only got a little way down the street before the bus started floating and we were afraid we’d be washed into the river sowegotoutandgotonthe roof of a nearby house " The water came up to her chin and some of their neighbors were already on their roofs as they climbed up a trellis to a nearby rooftop. Others floating by joined them and as debris floated within reach they gathered whatever they thought might be useful and watched the water continue to rise. “We decided to put the children in a garbage can we had saved," said Dorothy. “We •4-anchored it to a tree and hoped that it would float It wasn’t the greatest idea, but there was nothing else we could do." Mercifully, the water finally started to subside. The Matscheks were safe and except for being wet and covered with tar that had escaped from some broken tar drums, everyone was all right. “Everyone in the neighborhood started piling on the bus — my brother and his wife, one of our neighbors who wore his hat and calmly said, ‘Well, Dorothy, I don’t think we’re going to have berries this year,’ said Dorothy. “We were all celebrating being alive. Although everything was ruined, that didn't matter. That terrible experience had showed us all what really mattered — our families and friends." .....l; MMM* Herald-Zoning photo by JOHN HUSETH Salvation Army glaaaaa have Oacoma a traaaurad Christmas tradition for tbs Matschek'*. After the flood, they rescued as much furniture as possible. The Salvation Army provided food immediately and continued to bring food out to people’s homes as they started cleaning up and repairing their homes. “They never made you feel like you were begging,” said Dorothy. “They made you feel like they were just sharing. I’m generous with them and encourage everyone to be. The flood had pretty well wiped us out, but the Salvation Army had come right away and we went to their center for clothes and food. It was very hard to go and ask fbr help from people you had been giving to for all those years. Being at the right place at the right time provided the Matscheks with a family Christmas tradition that reminds them of that terrible time in a wonderfully positive way. “As we walked in, I noticed these pretty red glasses, but we needed clothes and food so I didn’t stop to look at them,” said Dorothy. “We found some clothes and in their food pantry we got the essentials. We were leaving when some of the ladies working there stopped us and said ‘We have something else for you.’ We had gotten everything we needed so I tried to say no, thank you; but they were insistent and I didn’t know what to say when ti    begin to wrap up the pretty red glasses for is Matschek said the glasses cann    symbolize the charity and kindness of pet    exactly what Christmas is all about. The g    es were used for the first time that Christmas    after the flood. As she unpacked the almost forgotten glasses, memories of the kindness and caring of neighbors, friends and even strangers came ‘flooding’ back. From then on they were only used at Christmas and always bring back those special memories. “Once I tried to use them for another occasion, but Anne- Terese insisted that they were only for Christmas," said Matschek. “When I realized what a tradition they had become I wanted to write about it for my children so they would have a family history to pass on. There were so many kindnesses that year after the flood. We were already back in our home that first Christmas and back on our feet, but some men from the St. Vincent De Paul Society brought us some toys for the children. We still have an old striped stuffed donkey that was one of those gifts. I’m sure these kinds of stories could be repeated by family after family that went through that flood in New Braunfels. It was a really frustrating time, but everyone pulled together and helped each other. “We have Christmas on Christmas Eve and we take out those glasses for our Christmas dinner,’’ said Dorothy. “I’m hoping somebody will remember them so they’ll realize the good that you do can make a difference for a long time. These glasses will be part of our family traditions for a long time and will remind us about what Christmas really stands for." Dorothy Matschek happily found a matching set of red glasses in an antique store so both of her children will have a set to pass on to their children along with this special Christmas story- jinn    _ -M- .wj&p alLi'a jim ri'-Jt    jbmbmmi fTiP TKnAi ran vOfnct w?no nw boob Bpppn%:-and foe little Amfly struggled to continue. Food was needed—-clothing, too— as the flood had ruined so muon. with these needs st nu no, me mother, carrying the 5-month-old baby gift and hnifoqg fofc hand of th*    entered the doorway of the Salvation Army center. Inside were loving, caring people who welcomed foe three and took foam to foe bick A LhSmUuI IDGR! WDCrC BCV TlvfPPu TDC IBXuUY    imWr* UIS USU C0UK1 DC USCQ 88 tnCV SDUESiCu V) ICBBO their former life. And, in the anne manner, the family was taken to the pantry area and given food items to help (hiring this time of need. The boy—ever cheerful through foe whole series ofcverte—chattered to those who would and foe baby giri wanned beasts with a loving smile—as only babies can do. And, the mother thanked ii fbr their generosity and kind* ness. Gathering their treasured goods, foe Amity began to depart. it was as they were leaving that the mother saw them—a beautiful deep-red pitcher and matching glasses sitting on a shelf near foe door. Even in this time of need, she recognized items of great beauty. Her eyes glanced, her ncan gullied, and, wixzxjuk ncsBBBDKp pc wanted out of the door with her precious children and the food and clothing which they had been given. The love and caring of that Amily did not leave those who worked in the eerier untouched, nor did they miss the mother's glance at the items of beauty. They saw an opportunity to do something very special for foe Amily. They decided to present them with The Gift And so it was that they rushed to the car before the family could leave and said, “Wait, please, we have something for you. We have been watching for the family that should take this treasure, and it is you. Please ***** hack inside." Wondering what they were meaning, the Amily once more entered foe foetor. And fee ham of the mother melted as they were led to the pitcher and the glasses which foe tad noticed Tilting than rtf the shelf; the women from the center began to carefully wrap them for foe family. ‘No," the mother protested. “We do not need these things. They are lovely, but you have done so much for us. The clothing and foe food arc enough.” But foe women persisted, and so it was that foe Amily took home The Gift And, each year, as the family and foe Ather gather around their Christmas table with one deep-red glass in front of each, all hear and remember the story of the love which The Gift represents. And, as they gather to celebrate foe gift which the Father bas given to foe Mxkl, they also gather    foe which was presented to them with The Gift. Gas prices drop below 80 cents at some stations By JENNIFER ROMPEL •tiff Writer What has recently been called a gas war on the west side of town may actually just be the result of a dramatic drop In crude oil price*. The Stop N Go on Walnut at Kerlick Lane and foe Circle K Food Store on Walnut were advertising the Iowa* gas prices in town Thursday. Stop N Go ii advertising unleaded gas for 79.9 centi per gallon and Circle K Food Store is advertising 78.9 rents per gallon. In the Oct. 28 lime of the Horold-Zeitung, it was reported that the price of pi was 94.9 oants Bt the Cirda K and 93.9 rents re tbs Stop NGO. Officials from both Cirda K and Stop N Go's ootpotite offices, both located in Houston, were not available for commem. Arecas town gas prirea for m^jor petroleum dealers are also dropping by icveril rems. The last report showed that gas prices ranged between 94.9 to 99.9 rents per gallon. A quick survey of gas stations in town show prices ringed from 83.9 to 94.9. Tnt prioci at stvvil stations In New Braunfels on Thunday are ai follows: Fit Stop-Tex-loo on Walnut - 86 rents, Diamond Shamrock on State Highway 46 - 83.9 rent*; Unicom Food Mart/Chevron on Loop 337 • 86 oants; Jala/ Phillips 66 on Loop 337 - 89.9 cents, Rivercrest Drive In/Mobil • 89 cents; Sac N Pac/Diamond Shamrock • 91.9 cents; Chevron on Interstate Highway 35 - 91.9 cents; Pay-lere/Conoco on IH-35 - 84.9 rems; Pit Stop/Texaco on IH-35 • 94.9 rems; Exxon on IH-35 and Loop 337 - 93 centi; Exxon on IH-35 near Seguin Street - 89.9 rents; Chevron on IH-35 near Beall's Department Store - 91 cents; Fins on IH-35 • 89 rents; and Exxon on IH-35 near Walnut • 89 rents. According to Gary Garrison, a spokesperson for the Texts Railroad Commission, the decrease in prices ii directly related to the drop in crude oil prices. “Crude oil prices have plummeted over the past few weeks," he said. Ai of Wednesday, crude oil future prices were $14.77 per barrel, according to the New York Mercantile Exchange. Garrison said the highs* the price of crude oil has been is $40 per barrel. “The price fell to less than $14 on Dec. 17 of la* year. The price was $13.91 rents That is the lowest it has been since Nov. 1988," he said “Comparing it to a year ago on Dec. 17, the price ii $19.85 barrel," said Garrison. Garrison said prices began to decrease on Nov. 3. “Between November to December, it has Allen to $13.91 centi. The underlying res- Motorist* in New Braunfels art sating tbs low—t gas (rte—Iny—ft.* '**** son for the All in prices lathe Global all market is ovemupplied,’ he said Garrison said OPEC countires have stopped cutting back production. Ga* prices were expected to increase due to tbs Ore. I addition of 4.3 rents in texas on g—niiwf md fossil. Ute texts wen in—d is part ofthe Revenue Reconciliation Are pasted by Cong!— in August Fedanl excise tex on gasoline is now 18.4 rems per gallon. INSIDE Obituarist..............2 Opinion................4 Start tdvtrtittmtnt 7 Sportt Day..........12,13 Clatalffedt..........14-16 Stammtisch Birthday wlshasl The New Braunfels HeraidZeitmg extends the following birthday wishes lo; Unde Mempet, Martha Richter, David S. Spain, Chack Woads, Sasic M. Comales, Suite P. domain, Johnny Joe Aguirre, Shaaaa Schneider, Sandra Vela (belated), Prank Vela (belatedX Herbert Uebecher. Tin— Is running outl This Ie the last day to finish Christmas shopping! / Ma—na to gather New Braunfels Masonic Lodge til— will have a called maetiiteTueiday, Deo. 28 at 6:2 p.m. to present the Golden trowel Awald to one of its members. The sward is Ona of the moat prestigious Muonic awards. Th* program will start at 7:30 pin. ladles and friends Invited. 6:30Merry Christmas to one and all from the    family! ;