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Vol. 91-No. 251 co°----
SUNDAY December 26,1982 2S cents
68 Pages—4 Sections
(USPS 377-880)Despite recession, Santa still came
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A woman in Indiana invited her entire town to dinner and a New York hotel served homeless people a turkey dinner from silver dishes as Christians around the world gathered to celebrate the joys of Christmas.
For some, businessmen and the jobless, from Bethlehem to San Francisco, recession dampened the holiday cheer.
But the traditional appeal for peace on earth provided a brief halt to fighting in El Salvador. U.S. Marines celebrated the holiday in lebanon only a mile from Christians and Moslems w ho continued to exchange fire.
Colorado got enough snow for a dozen white
Christmases as warm weather contributed to flooding in Arkansas and brought rain to New England ski areas.
Thousands of the poor and unemployed turned out for holiday meals in soup kitchens across the nation.
President Reagan spent the day at the White House with his family and close friends.
In New York, the Sheraton Centre hotel and civil groups presented an elaborate Christmas dinner to 500 of the city’s homeless, and received a call of support from the president.
it’s great thing you are doing,” Reagan told Klaus R. Ottman, vice president and area manager of the Sheraton Corp., as volunteers began serving guests from the city’s shelters.
Though a public address hookup, he wished the homeless a merry Christmas as they dined on turkey amid red table cloths, silver chafing dishes and sparkling candelabras.
Virginia Waters of Nappanee, Ind., invited her entire town of 4,600 to Christmas dinner at the First Church of God. She said she decided to give the dinner because “you’ve got to share the things God gives you.”
In Bethlehem, shopkeepers blamed world recession for the poor turnout in Manger Square. In better years more than 15,000 people came to celebrate at the traditional birthplace of Christ. But this year, only 3,000 came.
We wait for Christmas all year, but there
were no foreign people,” said shopkeeper Nadia Hasbaun.
In his “Urbi et Orbi” message to the city and the world, Pope John Paul II prayed for all the suffering people on earth, especially in his native Poland.
“I ardently wish all my brothers and sisters of Poland, particularly those who suffer and those who are separated from their loved ones, a new hope, a new Light," the pope said in his message to 50,000 gathered in St. Peter’s Square.
In El Salvador, the guerrillas returned to their camps and the army went to its barracks, but there was little joy in the war-torn country.
Many people pass this day sadly, the men who lost a wife or daughter.” said Dorotea Gonzalez, a flower vendor at the central market in San Salvador.
In lebanon, the fighting did not stop, with rightist Christian and leftist Druse gunmen exchanging sniper fire about a mile from where the U.S. Marines were camped.
The Americans ate a special Christmas dinner flown in from ships offshore. They were visited by lebanese President Amin Gemayel and TV actress Lydia Cornell, star of “Too Close for Comfort."
About 2,000 holiday travelers spent
See CHRISTMAS. Page 12A
Locals spread cheer with Christmas charity
People have different ways of getting their clothes to the laundromat, but chances are few approach it the
Stall photo bv Jon Senttn
same way as seven year-old Amber Fuller. Fuller was seen pushing the basket down the street recently.
By ROBERT JOHNSON Editor
Over 200 Comal County families had a brighter Christmas thanks to the efforts of .several local groups and coordination of the majority of those efforts by the Community Service Center.
Local civic groups, schools, churches, businesses, agencies and individuals contributed to the effort, donating food, gifts and money to help those in need this holiday season.
The Service Center served as a “clearinghouse" for the community efforts, referring potential recipients of this Christmas charity to local groups. In addition, the center, through the efforts of director Liz Urban and Suzie Garcia, collected contributions from individuals, and had them converted into certificates redeemable for food at Divine’s supermarket.
Through its files, center personnel also helped prevent duplication of efforts, and helped collect donations for the Community Food Pantry at First Protestant Church.
The efforts ranged from large-scale efforts like the Jaycees’ “Toys for Tots" campaign to individual kindnesses, like the anonymous donor who paid the utility bill of an elderly woman.
See C HARITY. Page 12ASilt petition
Residents worried about use of old landfill
By DYANNEFRY Stab writer
A city landfill off Kuehler Avenue was closed in 1975 Some residents of the surrounding neighborhood would like to keep it that way.
Alarmed at reports that City Hall might use the dump as a disposal site for the silt and debris soon to be dredged from [.anda Lake, a group of residents has drawn up a petition of protest
City Manager E N. Delashmutt says theres no cause for panic; it s still just an idea at present It will be up to the City Council to make a decision, presumably at its Jan. IO meeting.
January IO is also the day that New Braunfels Utilities will begin lowering the river for repairs to its generating plant. Dredging won't begin until at least a day later In an early talk with Council about the lake dredging, Delashmutt indicated the material brought up would present a disposal problem. He said it would be wet, would bear a strong, unpleasant smell, and would be of no practical use as fertilizer or any thing else The idea of putting it at the old Kuehler Avenue dump came up at a public meeting held Dec. 15.
See PETITION, Page 12A
Local Edwards director outlines background for water permit bill
Directors of the Edwards Underground Water District want some control over Edwards ground water sold outside the district
They met recently and unanimously endorsed a legislative bill which would require a permit for any new well into the Edwards aquifer which would supply water for use outside tile boundaries of the district
Oliver Haas, who represents Comal County on the board of directors, said a "grandfather clause" would protect concerns which are already selling water outside the district. For example, the cities of Schertz and Marion, which both have wells in the Edwards but supply homes in Guadalupe County, would not need a permit unless the outside consumption from those wells increased IO percent over the present level.
“We are not requiring anything from anyone who wants to use (Edwards) water within the district," Haas added. That goes for ranchers, municipalities and everyone else.
Hie EUWD includes Comal, Hays, Bexar, Uvalde
and Medina counties. Its boundaries do not coincide exactly with the boundaries of the underground reservoir, but Haas said the bill would give the five-county district a degree of control over its water supply.
"For one thing, (the outside I people are not paying the taxes that we in the district are paying," he said.
Haas indicated the 14 directors attending the meeting were concerned at rumors that a fuel exploration agency was interested in the tar sands near tile Mexican border west of Uvalde County, and had thought of piping water from the Edwards Aquifer for use iii its work.
"The bill needs to be amended some. There are a few paragraphs tliat need to be cleared up," he added It was written with the help of EUWD legal counsel, and will be forwarded to the 1983 Texas legislature. Haas said tile bill doesn’t have a sponsor yet.
He stressed that, as written, the bill applies strictly to the Edwards Underground Water District.
“We hope we won’t stir up a hornet’s nest in some other aquifer," he said.Inside
North winds will shift to the northeast today, blowing 15-20 miles per hour and gusty. Today and tonight will be cloudy and cold, with a 60 percent chance of rain today, increasing to 70 percent tonight. More cold, and a chance of more rain, is expected on Monday. Sunrise today will be at 7:24 a.m.
Up and Down
The Dallas Cowboys and Houston Oilers — two teams whose fortunes are as different as night and day — return home Sunday as the season nears a close. The playoff-bound Cowboys play the down-and-out Philadelphia Eagles, while the 1-6 Oilers play the suddenly-rejuvenated Cleveland Brow HS Sports. Page 6A
Christmas time ui a recession seems a little depressing, but columnist Virginia Payette has some rather optimistic thoughts to cheer us up. Sure the jobless rate is high, she says, but those who had jobs in 1982 saw their standards of living go up. See Opinions. Page 4A
Gettin' By, Not High
Texas country rocker Jerry Jeff Walker used to be famous for his music and his drinking. The man who wrote "Mr Bojangles" is still noted for the former, but not for the latter. Dyanne Fry reports on Walker’s recent concert in New Braunfels. Entertainment, Page IC.
DEATHS ......................... 2A
WEATHER........................2A'Cheer Fund' annual event
Due to the overwhelming success of the Herald Zeitung "Cheer Fund" in its inagural year, plans are to make the food drive an annual event.
Three weeks ago. the Herald Zeitung announced its intention to start the fund, with the goal being to collect money and food to distribute to needy families in our area. The philosophy a Christmas without food is a pretty bleak Christmas, so let s provide a holiday dinner for as many families as we can.
The results were overwhelming. Donations of money and food came in at a rate much faster than we had anticipated Every day there were new donors. When the smoke finally cleared, we had raised almost $1,800 dollars in monetary donations alone, not counting the large volume of food contributed
Because of the public’s generous response, the Herald Zedung delivered "Cheer Fund” baskets to 60 local families Christmas Eve. Your contributions enabled us to put the following items
See CHEER. Page 12A
Record storm strands travelers in Colorado
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A storm that buried Colorado in up to 3 feet of snow moved on Saturday, leaving behind closed roads and airports and thousands of stranded travelers, as rain and record warm temperatures in many Midwestern cities melted hopes for a white Christmas.
"Ifs just terrible,” said police Sgt Mike Baker in Raton, N M., on the Colorado border, as gale-force winds drifted snow as high as car rooftops. “I don’t remember a storm this bad "
In Jackson, Miss., authorities evacuated one neighborhood in the north-central part of the city. Doris Usry of the Jackson-Hinds Emergency Operations Center said she did not know how many people were evacuated, nor how many houses were flooded. About three inches of rain had fallen in Mississippi’s capital city by midafternoon.
One person was killed in Riverside, Ark., and 16 people were injured in Friday’s twisters. The round of tornadoes the previous day in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma caused about $10.6 million in damage Heavy rains in Southern Illinois caused scattered flash flooding and forced several families to evacuate their homes in Pulaski County. Half of the streets in Marion, IIL, were closed from flooding before daybreak
In Minneapolis, 211 inches of rain fell in the 24 hours ending at 7 a.in. EST Saturday, more than the city lias ever recorded for tile entire month of December since 1902, the National Weather Service said In Colorado, a state of emergency
was declared ui the Denver area, where Stapleton International Airport was closed Friday due to deep snow Re-opening of the airport was postponed twice Saturday — the vecond at 6 p.m. MST — before durations resumed with the landing of a flight from Iais Angeles just before 7 p.m. About 2,000 stranded travelers spent the night in the airport — on lobby couches and even in heated planes.
Officials said a 58-year-old was found frozen to death Saturday morning near her family’s farm in Stoneham, Colo , about 65 miles north of Denver. Authorities said she had gone outside during the storm Friday evening and iiad gotten lost.
On Interstate 70 about 30 miles east of Denver, an unidentified man was found frozen to death just 25 yards from his car. Adams County Cpl. Mark Singer said tile victim * had some car problems and got lost in a w hiteout "
Amtrak s San Francisco Zephyr train bound for Chicago was halted overnight at Denver’s Union Station because of snow-cove red tracks, said Amtrak spokesman Wally Cantu Stranded train travelers stay ed in the station lobby or on tile train.
"Thousands of stranded motorists have been picked up," said (’apt John Callahan of the Colorado State Patrol.
"We’re unable to move through the city," said Denver paramedic dispatcher Tom (’haddie. "We’ve got volunteers in Broncos, Blazers and pickup trucks transporting most of our patients. "
The storm dumped 33 inches of snow in Wheatridge, Colo., aud 24 inches iii Denver, making it the heaviest 24-hour accumulation in the capital city since 1885.