New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 24, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Tracking the moon’s shadow
When the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, a shadow of the moon is cast on Earth. When the angle is just right, the sun is partially or totally blocked from view. creating an eclipse On Dec 25 Americans will see a partial solar eclipse.
Area of total eclipse
Area of partial eclipse
Glimpse Christmas solar eclipse
Source: Sky A Telescope magazine
WASHINGTON (AP) — The moon’s shadow will appear to take a Christmas Day bite out of the sun on Monday, giving Americans a rare look at a partial solar eclipse.
The partial eclipse will be visible over most of the continental U.S., with the best view in the Northeast where about half of the solar disk will be obscured by the moon. People in Hawaii or Alaska will not be able to see it.
A solar eclipse occurs when the
moon is positioned between the sun and the Earth. This casts a lunar shadow on the Earth’s surface and obscures the solar disk.
Only part of the sun’s sphere will be covered on Christmas. No place on Earth will see a total eclipse on Monday. The sun will be most obscured when viewed from Baffin Island, Canada, where 72 percent of the solar disk will be covered.
During a total eclipse, the moon’s dark inner shadow, called the umbra,
strikes the Earth. During a partial eclipse, only the fainter outer shadow, called the penumbra, strikes the Earth.
In Chicago, the eclipse begins at 9:45 a.m. CST and reaches its maximum when 43 percent of the solar disk is obscured at 11:17 a.m. CST By 12:53 p.m., it is over.
The American Optometric Association warns that viewers should not use sunglasses, smoked glass, polarizing filters or photo or X-ray film to look at the sun.
Toye family wrapped up in yuletide
By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer
What started as a simple Christmas tree with a few gold ornaments has exploded into a city of lights on the front lawn of the Toye residence.
Mark and Rachael Toye strung up more than 3,000 lights at 2122 Keystone Drive this year.
The couple wrapped colored lights in a variety of colors — such as red, green, yellow, white and blue — around trees, fences, lawn decorations and the garage.
Two fat polar bears with aqua-glowing eyes play with a red-lit ball inside a fence of candy canes while a snowman — one of the newest additions — smiles brightly at passersby.
Even their name — pronounced “toy” — seems to evoke the holiday spirit.
“We really get a kick out of
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Mark and Rachael Toye hand down their love of the Christmas season to their children (from left) Hunter, Misty and McKenzie.
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► Deck materials
No matter the type of ornament
— from expensive collectibles to those with faces only a mother could love
— each seems to carry special meaning. Find out
which ornaments are favorites among local residents./! C
► Looking ahead
As the high school football playoffs wind down with four state championship games on Saturday, Comal County focuses on next season. Junior quarterbacks Craig Crow and Laron Bybee ready themselves for the 2001 season./! B
White Christmas in Texas? Maybe
By The Associated Press
Some Texans might be in for a white Christmas — maybe up to 4 inches of it. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the Texas Panhandle because of the approaching storm. The central and eastern parts of Texas remained mostly cloudy with some light rain and drizzle reported over the eastern portions of the region. Temperatures were in the 40s and 50s. Afternoon temperatures ranged from the 40s in the Panhandle to the 60s over the mid and lower coastal plains.
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Ryan Shelley enjoys a little last-minute Christmas shopping with his mom late Saturday afternoon. They joined the thousands who flocked to area stores to prepare for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrations.
Last-minute shoppers run out of options
Trade group says holiday sales are disappointing so far/6B
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
New Braunfels resident Kristi Dietert has one word of advice for those who are scouring the aisles of local stores in frenzied desperation today.
and her family hit the grocery store and Ross Saturday
shopping for the family’s Christmas meal and stocking stuffers for her 13-year-old son. Ross is open today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For the most part, Dietert appeared to be the model shopper.
“I like to do it all year long,” she said, explaining that she had taken her daughter shopping for clothes months ago.
But her son is a different story.
“He’s very choosy,” she said.
She said she was afraid to buy him pants because they might not be the right color or fall just the way he likes them.
“I’m about down to the wire with my son,” Dietert said.
Waiting until the last minute means dealing with crazy
crowds and traffic, and Dietert said nothing was where it should be in the stores.
“You have to go around the whole store to find something,” she said.
H-E-B and Target reported large crowds Saturday, in spite of a constant, light rain that kept the area overcast.
Target Operations Manager Ray Sweat said the crowd Saturday rivaled or possibly surpassed this past year.
“It may have started out slow,” he said Saturday night, “but it’s finishing strongly. We’ve been staying steady throughout the day.”
Target is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, and H-E-B will remain open until 8 p.m. today. The grocery store will reopen at 6 a.m. Tuesday.
H-E-B Operations Manager Jesse Rodriguez said the store had seen “wall-to-wall” people Saturday.
“It’s been crazy, hectic,” Rodriguez said.
People were buying groceries for their holiday dinners, with customers all around the store carrying aluminum turkey pans in their shopping carts.
Rodriguez said people also were finishing off their shopping lists.
“I saw a lot of customers buying last-minute gifts —
NB farmer shares fond Christmas
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
Even at 92, Erwin Henk’s memories of Christmas on his family farm on Farm-to-Market Road 1044 are good.
The Texas Department of Agriculture certified the Henk farm as a Texas Century Farm, which means his family has operated the farm for more than IOO years. It began with Henk’s grandfather in 1871, and Henk still raises livestock and hay on the farm today.
“There are a lot of memories here on this
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Erwin Henk, 92, stands beside a tree he planted in 1952.
place,” he said. “My memories are still good.” Henk's parents had 11 children, whom they raised in a small house at the top of a hill on their farm. Two ponds sit nearby, and small trees dot the countryside.