New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 25, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Blue Christmas underscore
safety with fireworks
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Jaren Steen, 5, couldn't wait to take a ride on the new bicycle that New Braunfels Police Officer David Olson brought for him as part of the Blue Santa program Wednesday morning.
New Braunfels police deliver presents to 323 area children
By Ron Maloney
For a few local families, Christmas didn’t come this year with a decorated tree, much less with gifts for the children.
For some more fortunate, Santa got a little help finding their homes Wednesday, although his sleigh looked an awful lot like a pickup truck. It wasn’t pulled by reindeer, either — it was escorted by a police car.
For those families and their children, Santa didn't look much like the jolly fat man from the North Pole. He — sometimes she—looked a lot like a New Braunfels cop.
Brunette Nesbitt. Artie Mathis and Elvira Russell admire one of the 12 Christmas trees on display at Eden Home.
That’s “Blue Santa,” the New Braunfels Police [Department and Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association’s annual Christmas program that this year helped 323 children in 108 families who could not afford a very merry Christmas.
Each year since retired Chief of Police Ray Douglas and his wife, Communities in Schools Director Chris Douglas, began the program, the association and police officers solicited donations of cash or toys and clothing for poor local families.
TWO toys and two clothing items are bought for each
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Rita Mascorro, 2, is amazed at the size of the present her mom, Teresa, receives from Blue Santa volunteer Jessi Elder Wednesday morning.
By Ron Maloney
Each year in the United States, 20 people die and more than 8,000 are injured in the 24,000 accidents involving fireworks — which cause more than $26 million in damage.
With the new year approaching and local fireworks stands open for the holiday, public safety officials warn fireworks are illegal within the limits of the county’s incorporated cities — including New Braunfels — and that when used elsewhere, it should be with caution and supervision.
Lt. Bmce “Bubba” Conran of the New Braunfels fire marshal’s office Wednesday warned that the public should be aware of the laws pertaining to fireworks.
“According to code here in New Braunfels, it’s illegal to possess, transport or discharge fireworks in the city limits," Conran said. “Of course, it goes without saying that you can’t sell them here, either.”
Violation of the city fireworks ordinance is a class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 and forfeiture of the illegal fireworks.
Conran said the city law is designed to protect people from fireworks, which can be dangerous if misused.
“Fireworks have been around for a . long time. Annually, there are numerous incidents with injuries from fireworks,” Conran said. “During this past Fourth of July, we had explosions involving professional demonstrations with injuries and fatalities. We just want to warn people of the dangers.”
Comal County Fire Marshal Un Manford said the the county’s recent bum ban does not pertain to fireworks, but he urged caution in unincorporated county areas.
“We’re just asking people to be vigilant and use all the safety measures,” Manford said. “There’s plenty of dead vegetation out there, and if they’re not prudent in how they use them, they could cause a large wildfire that could be a disaster.”
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■ Do not point fireworks or throw them at people, pets or animals
■ Never ignite fireworks white holding them, and never put them in containers such as bottles or cans to ignite
■ Never assume an unexploded firework is safe to approach, and never try to relight one that doesn’t go off.
■ Always wear safety glasses
■ Do not wear loose clothing
■ An adult should always be present.
■ Read aN labels and foNcw ad instructions.
■ Light only one device at a time.
■ Have a safe, clear landing zone for aerial devices.
■ Have a fire extinguisher or water on hand
■ Keep spectators a safe distance away At least 36 feet for ground items and 100 feet for aerial rockets.
■ Never take fireworks apart, combine them, mix anything with them or attempt to make them at home. Making an explosive device is a felony punishable by prison time.
Courtesy of Comal County Fin Marshal's Office
Community makes Christmas week-long event at Eden Home
By Scott Mahon
Brunette Nesbitt, 90, still gets excited about Santa Claus and Christmas. So do her neighbors, borine Krueger, also 90, and Elvira Russell, 92.
The three live at Eden Home, a retirement community, and although Santa Claus made a visit Tuesday, the best part was still to come — Christmas Day and time with their families.
But Eden Home staff members said every day this week has been like Christmas.
“We’ve had a Christmas party every
______ day,” said Nesbitt, who was dressed in a
REBECCA 8. nooivts/Hefaid-Zwtung bright purple holiday outfit Wednesday.
“And we’ve had carolers from the churches in town every evening.’’
It might be Christmas in the year 2003, but the three women are still familiar with the world they grew up in, a world when children were expected to work, usually on their family's farm.
Bom in Travis County, Krueger picked cotton on her family’s 150-acre farm.
“There was cotton, com and maize,” she recalled. “We eventually moved to Seguin.”
The last surviving sibling out of eight children, she said she has lots of nieces and nephews who visit her during the holidays.
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