New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 25, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 140, No. 25Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY I Home of Joan Neuman
2 Sections, 20 Pages
Holiday ClosingsCity of New Braunfels -
City offices will be closed Christmas Day and Jan. 1, 1992. The Sanitation Department will be picking up the garbage as scheduled both days.
Comal County-County offices will be closed Christrpas Day and will close at noon on New Year's Eve and be closed New Years Day.New Braunfels and Comal Independent School Districts-
Schools will be closed through Jan. 6,1992.Local banks -
Banks will be closed Christmas Day and reopen the day after.Finding the meaning of Christmas
By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer
In sharing their thoughts on the holiday season, some local religious leaders said they are seeing more people find the essential meaning of Christmas through charitable acts this year.
"I’ve seen more people giving from the heart this year than I have in all my years of ministry,” Rev. Charles DeHaven of St. Paul Lutheran Church said.
“I think people have found out that the meaning (of Christmas) is not just in possessions or things, but in truly sharing,” he said, attributing this to the idea of a crumbling faith in economic assets and power.
“We had more people volunteer to help feed others this year and more gifts,” including more than IOO pairs of socks for a Navajo Lutheran mission in Arizona and nearly 300 pounds of food for the SOS. food bank.
“What I’ve noticed most intensely is that people have come wanting to
help other people in various ways,” said Bill Hathaway, pastor at the First United Methodist Church. ‘This has been greater this year than any year since I’ve been here.”
He said these charitable gestures have often come'in the form of families wanting to know how to give money for other families in need.
“I tlfink the times are a little more troubled this year than last year, and there’s more uncertainty in the world this year than last year,” Hathaway said.
“I think that we turn to one another in crises more often than not, and I think our common needs are more apparent this year than possibly in past years."
Father Eugene O’Callaghan of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church said his church has noticed a large increase in both the number of people seeking help and the number of people willing to give it.
“There’s a kind of a gloomy
feeling over the United States because of the economy at the present time,” he said.
“Coupled with Christmas time when people aren’t spending as much as they used to on themselves,
I think they are still prepared to make sacrifices in luxuries for themselves so they can really be responsive to the needs of people around them,” O’Callaghan said.
He added that the story of Mary and Joseph being turned away from the inn is “in the back of the Christian mind,” and many of the people who seek help from the church are wanderers, “outcasts of society.”
He said their numbers have doubled at the church in the past year. “I used to see more elderly people that were looking for help, but now I sec younger people," he added.
Peter Olsen, associate minister at the First Protestant United Church of Christ, said he has not seen a rise
in charitable acts this year, but he has noticed a marked increase in the need for them.
“Economic recession, for example, is much more deeply rooted this year than last year. he said. “That accounts for the need for charitable response.”
As a volunteer at the Salvation Army’s homeless shelter in San Antonio, Olsen said he has seen evidence of this deepening crisis.
“The number of people we have fed and provided overnight lodgings for — men, women and children — has increased.”
And the number of local families requesting help from the church in the form of Christmas food and gifts has jumped about 15 to 20 percent, he said.
“More individuals have come by the church asking for that kind of assistance this year than in the previous eight years I’ve been here," he said.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zcilung sends birthday wishes today to Kim Winkler, Melissa Zimmerman and Michele Zimmerman.
Anniversary wishes go to Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Sassc.
Due to the holidays, the Comal County Health DepartmentJias canceled immunization clinics on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 31. A makeup clinic is scheduled for 9-11 a m. and 1-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27. For more information, call 620-5595.
Troulfest 1992, sponsored by the city of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department, is scheduled for Jan. 9-19 at the Landa Park Olympic Pool.
The program is for the disabled and other Comal County residents who fish for rainbow trout and a new addition to the program — 5-to 7-pound catfish.
There is no charge for the disabled. The fee is $3 for a child’s pass and $5 for an adult’s pass. Each pass purchased will be good to catch up to IO fish. Additional fish may be caught with the purchase of another pass.
Times for the Troulfest are 4-8 p.m. weekdays and IO a.m.-8 p.m. weekends.
A youth fishing tournament for children IO and under will be 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. ll. Some fish will be lagged with prizes.
Advent Vespers tapes
Cassette tapes of die 12nd annual Advent Vespers program presented by the New Braunfels Music Study Club on Dec. I are now on sale for S8 each. Contact Melina Frueh at 625-6658, Arm Klcenan at 625-
8m 3T AMM TISCH, Pag* 2A
There ii a slight chance of ram today as family and friends gather for Christmas celebrations
Lake parks could remain closed until 1992
By ROBERT STEWART Blaff Write
Park facilities at Canyon lake may teniam closed through February, said Jerry Brite, lake manager for the IJ S Army Corps of Engineers.
“We regret it, however, we have to remind the public that the lop priority function of this reservoir is flood control, Brite said. “We believe it did an excellent job during this flood as it did in the 1987 flood and all those prior ”
Flood control is the primary
function of the reservoir, with the second priority being water conservation fpr municipal and public usage. Recreational acuviues are the third use of the lake, Brite sard.
“To this extent we’re probably looking at mid to late February before we can have a sufficient ume for dryout of the roads,” Brite said. "Hie road bases have to be dry before we can allow traffic on them without causing damage This also gives us
ume to get debris cleared out and the park faciiiues cleaned.''
Brite added that it may be possible lo have two boat ramps open by nud-February bul thai he would not recommend boating on the lake for awhile.
“We caruioi prohibit u at this ume but we are strongly discouraging (boating) because of the inflow of debris arid the possibility thai people would collide with it,” he said “There are some logs out there that
are waterlogged but still partially floating They’re kind of like an iceberg — there may be just a little piece making a ripple in the water and there's a gigantic log (below the surface), ll they hit it with any speed, they're going to damage the boat and possibly fall out of the boat. We don't want our holiday season marred with tragedy.”
Brite said he saw “almost a continuous raft of debris from northwest to southeast probably
stretched two miles long” and dun it could take weeks for the debits to settle or wash up on shore. This will add lo the cleanup task at die parks.
The flood-borne debris deposits itself anywhere,” he said. “We arc going to have some chalky limestone silt that will get all over signs, buildings, park tables and so forth. That will all have to be cleaned up.”
The level of the lake Tuesday was 928.3 feet above sea level, compoed to a normal level of 909 feet.
Standing in a mountain of trees, city employees are preparing to mulch
Christmas trees again this year. (File photo)
Tree recycling program "mulches off" Thursday
Christmas is almost over arid it is time to decide how best to dispose of the family Chnsunas tree.
The city of New Braunfels arui the Pedemalcs Electric Cooperative will once again be recycling Christmas trees this year.
The cay of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and New Braunfels Utilities will sponsor their fifth annual Christmas tree recycling program at Landa Park beginning Dec. 26. New Braunfels residents can take their uees to the Landa Park swimming pool parking lot.
Customers of the PEC will be able to drop off their
Christmas tree at any one of the six PEC district offices between the hours of 8 a m. and 5 p.m., from Dec. 26 through Jan. 6. District offices are located in Johnson City, Bertram, Canyon Lake, Cedar Park, Kyle/Buda and Marble Falls.
Decorations, nails and other fasteners must be removed to protect employees and the chipper used to mulch the trees.
In New Braunfels, the mulch is used to help conserve water in municipal parks and is available free to homeowners. The PEC turns their trees to mulch which is
donated to various Clues for use in park landscaping or used by PEC for similar purposes.
This offer is being extended only to natural trees; no artificial trees will be accepted.
More than 1,260 trees were recycled last Christmas and about 3,500 Christmas trees have been recycled during the last four years by Ute New Braunfels program.
For more information about the New Braunfels effort call (312) 629-PARK. For information on the PEC program call your nearest cooperative office or (312) 868-7135.