New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 24, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
The Herald-Zeitung wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season
New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21, 1995
Letters to the editor.:....... 5A
Sports Day...................... 6A
Letters to Santa Claus.................7A
Cheer Fund pictorial....................8A
Birthday wishes from tho Horald-Zoltungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Glenn Tim-mermann (Sunday), Gregory Dome, Jim Cooney, Jodee Robinson (14 years!), Nettie Cardenas, Joe Herring, Jr., Donna Crabill (Monday), Michelle Voges (Monday), Franklin Keller, W.P. Arnold (Sunday), R. Herbert Ross (Sunday), Meta Schneider (Monday), Jennifer Balmanno (Sunday), Debora Deason (Monday), Denise Jacob (Monday), Diana Schreefer (Monday), Forrest Hewlett, James Johnson, Leon LaS bomb, Peggy Scanlan, Michelina Wages, Gerald Walter, Virginia Booth (Sunday), Virginia CaffTee (Sunday), Lillian Dallman (Sunday), Catherine Kramer (Sunday), Lloyd Ballard (Sunday), Peggy Muennink (Sunday), Tess Campbell (Monday), Bud Carlson (Monday), Eugene Egendoerfer (Monday), Carol Gray (Monday), Fran McCourt (Monday), Bertie Nelson (Monday), Mary Phillips (Monday), Billie Ristau (Monday).
City's Christmas Irs# rseyeling begins Dec. 26
The city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities will be sponsoring the 8th annual Christmas tree recycling program in Landa Park. beginning Dec. 26.
An area in the swimming pool parking lot will be designated as the site to receive the trees. Approximately 1,491 trees were converted to mulch last Christmas. Approximately 7,448 trees have been mulched during the last seven years.
Nails and other metal fasteners should be removed from the trees, officials said.
The program is used to promote water conservation within the area. The mulch is available free to residents.
H-Z has Christmas songbooks svsilsblo
A few copies of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung'& Christmas Song Book are available to the public. The songbook has many traditional Christmas favorites and is sponsored by local merchants and businesses.
Bridal Showcase sat for Jan. 4 at Civic Cantor
On Wednesday, Jan. 4, the New Braunfels Bridal Association will host its 14th annual Bridal Showcase at the New Braunfels Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin Ave.
Admission is $3.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Anyone planning a wedding or are helping someone else who is, this will provide an excellent opportunity to gather information and guidance.
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Texas Nights will perform at the New Braunfels Civic Center on Dec. 31 from 9 pm. to I a.m. during a dance benefitting United Cerebral Palsy.
CaU 1-800-798-1492 for ticket information.
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8 Pages in three sections ■ Saturday, Dec. 24,1994 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of GLENN TIMMERMANN ^^B^
I Vol. 143, No. 31
The end of the line
Commissioner Neil Craigmile looks back at accomplishments during his term
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Neil Craigmile will now have some time to practice several of his many hobbies, woodwork, gardening, hunting, etc. But those who know the Pct. 2 Commissioner realize he will not ease into the background.
“I am not retiring to a rocking chair," said the 62-year-old Craigmile.
After losing to Danny Scheel in the March primary, Craigmile steps down next week after two terms on Commissioner’s Court.
This week, he offered some viewpoints on the changes he has seen in county government during his term in office, and listed what he thought were some major projects.
Bringing computers to all county offices. Installing computer systems met with some resistance, said Craigmile.
“When I came here, we only had computers in the Auditor’s office, District Judge and Sheriffs,” he said. “...We now have every department automated.”
Consolidation of tax collection between county and Comal School District, a move which also met with resistance. "The county tax office began collecting at a significant savings to the school district.’*
Improving the county road system also tops Craigmile’s list.
But perhaps his most characteristic trait, one that often finds him arguing his point with fellow commissionera, is his view of fiscal conservatism.
“He made us all aware of those needs,” said County Judge Carter Casteel. “...I think when you have a commissioner’s court with diversity of opinion, taxpayers benefit. If everybody’s listening, we can come to something that’s better understood.”
Growing up in the depression years of the 1930s and war years of the 1940s made an impact that has continued. After the bank failures of the 1920s, his grandfather kept money in a shoebox from then on.
Craigmile says governments should have to live within their means. When the county adopted a half-cent sales tax, he said they
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Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
were able to stay within the effective tax rate. He opposed the judge’s budget this year because he claimed it did not stay within the effective tax rate.
He believes increases should be based on real growth, such as new construction, rather than increases in appraised value.
“We held the line on the effective tax rate until this year,” he said. “...It’s always much easier to spend someone else’s money. You'd better be cartful with it.”
Craigmile has been helping decide how to spend taxpayer money for several years. He served on the Garden Ridge city council before running for Commissioner’s Court
eight years ago.
“I think the desire to improve county government was paramount,’* he said. “I had been asked by close friends to run.”
He said the pace at which the county has grown has been remarkable. County government will have to continue to adapt to keep pace.
"We have a very dynamic county. You must remain vigil,” he said. “..Pct. 2 has probably grown more than any of the other precincts. The Bulverde area, and south of Hwy. 46 has experienced a tremendous amount of growth.”
Asked what he feels could be one of the
key issues to affect this county in years to come, Craigmile responded- water.
“We must maintain an adequate water supply for the citizens of Comal County if we are to maintain the quality of life here,” he said.
Craigmile, as stated, does not want to spend his time “in a rocking chair.” He expects to remain heavily involved in county events and issues. In the near future, however, he plans to return to his native Minnesota and do a little ice fishing.
“They never did that when I was young,” he said. “Heck, we were working and earning a living. During the 30s and 40s, we didn’t have time for any leisure activity.”
Hummel gets donation of figurines worth
From staff reports
The Hummel Museum received an early Christmas present from a M. I. Hummel figurine collector from Annapolis, Md. this week.
Mn. Myreda Jcflfras donated 180 M. I. Hummel figurines along with other M. I. Hummel collectibles such as calendars and books to the muse
The figurine collection is valued at approximately $30,000, Hummel Museum Executive Director John Collins said.
’This is certainly a nice Christmas present to the museum,” he said. “Especially since we are just about to announce the opening of the additional display and exhibit area on the second floor gallery. Our display of rare and unique M. I. Hummel figurines will triple with the completion of the Elizabeth Pedder Collection display area which is almost finished.”
He Is The Reason For Wonder
Right now, in another part of the church, a little girl is practicing Christmas carols on the piano as only a budding pianist can. You know what I mean, “O Come,
Let Us Adore Him” in a staccato beat and simple chords. Tomorrow, the little girls will sit in front of a church an present her gift to Jesus, well practiced and yet so simple.
Hearts will be full of hope that she will get through it unscathed by the dreaded sour note or forgotten chords.
She will remember for a lifetime mounting those steps, sitting down scared like nobody’s business, and playing that song. She will never forget. Just like you have never forgotten your early Christmas.
A little baby bom so long ago in a far away place changed history forever. I know, I know. You already brow the story. Scared teenage parents. No room at the inn Stars and shepherds. Wise men from afar. Angels heard on high. The story never changes, does it?
Is there any new twist on the old familiar plot that hasn’t already been done to death?
And yet, like an old family album, each year we look intently at the story of the first Christmas and remember the characters and places where the Christ Child was bom.
There is sweet Mary, barely a teenager. She must have been scared but so full of wonder. And Joseph. Always in the background like a beloved but oh so quiet friend. Don’t forget the Inn Keeper. Down in history as the “no room at the inn” guy, but benevolent enough to make a place in the bam. Maybe he had a daughter about Mary’s age or remembered what it was like to be so young and just getting started. Maybe not such a bad guy after all.
The procession of angels, shepherds, wise men, and livestock play before us in familiar pageantry. And we smile at it all. Maybe because we remember our own childhood
Christmas. Maybe because we see the wonder in our children’s eyes. And maybe
I wonder if there is anything left to be said?
because at the center of it all if an unassuming little newborn sent to save the world from sin.
His name is Jesus. And He is the Reason for wonder.
History’s greatest moment given to the simplest of peasants and shepherds and live
stock. The greatest life ever lived given to tax collectors and prostitutes, fishermen and lepers. And, of course, you and me.
So when you see her tomorrow.. .you know, the little girl at the piano. Or the boy dressed as the Wise Man. Or the teenage gill all costumed as Mary. Or the manger scene in front of the church. No, she’s not the greatest pianist and the manger scene is hokey 6 best. Remember how you felt when you had to dress up in your Dad’s bathrobe with a towel and a belt wrapped around your head? Just remember tomorrow to look into the manger of your heart and see if the Baby is still there.
Don’t be robbed by the hype of a world decked out in Santa red and pine needle green. There is no destroying the simple wonder of the story for those who will take the time to gaze into the manger one more time.
It is simply the greatest story in the simplest of terms. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. “ Bom in a manger, died on a Roman cross, but God none the less.
So come friend, let us adore Him.
(Dennis Gallaher is the pastor cf the Freedom Fellowship Church in New Braw\feb.)For subscription, advertising or news information, call 625-9144