New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 26, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Procrastinators flock to drug store for final gifts
one,” said Andi’s mother, Seguin resident Constance Owens.
When it comes to brownie points, Andi admitted, reluctantly, she’d do anything to please her grandmother.
"It's all about brownies for her," her mom said, laughing.
I Iollingsworth, Owens and hundreds of others Thursday kept cash registers ringing at Walgreen’s, Rip Griffin’s and Albertson’s, either buying last-minute holiday gifts or last-ininute holiday food — or both.
Louis Martinez and his sister, Jane, were shopping at Walgreen’s Thursday — but for different things. Ixniis had a personal compact disc player.
“It’s for my neighbor,” he said. “He’s the last one. I bought all the other neighbors something except this one.”
His sister got her holiday shopping done Tuesday, she said. She was picking up a few food items.
“I think if you have to — if you got paid Christmas Eve
or (Christmas Day, it s good to come here,” she said. “Maybe you won t get what someone really wanted, but if you at least got them something, that’s what counts — its the thought.”
A couple of aisles away, New Braunfels resident Robert Buckler was weighing scented candles.
“I’m on a mission for cheese, marshmallows and things like that which we’ve forgotten,” Buckler said. “They could get forgotten
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Truck stop waitstaff *| serves Christmas cheer ■Order up!Truck drivers doift brake for holiday; neither do the folks at Rip Griffirfs
By Ron Maloney
At Rip Griffin’s Travel Center north of New Braunfels, the motto is, “Home is closer than you think.”
For workers, travelers and truck drivers who pulled into the truck stop Thursday morning, Rip’s was a stop on the way home — either their home or someone else’s.
For a few, though, Rip’s is nearly indistinguishable from home.
The truck stop, last year chosen as one of the country’s IO best by the Travel Channel, is always open — 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and Christmas Day is one of them.
Thursday, business was bustling with local restaurant regulars and last-minute travelers, be they the truck-driving kind or the ones going home to see mom for the holidays.
First shift waitress Dee Vickery was working her first Christmas. She recently got back into waitressing for fun — and a little money.
Vickery poured coffee and took a breakfast order for a three-top, Thomas Shepherd and John and Tammy Mil-burne, regulars who operate T & J Thick Polishing and TNT Truck Washing, a detailing business located at the truck wash across from Rip’s.
“Before August, I hadn’t waited tables since the 1960s,” she said. “I’d been working in doctor’s offices. My neighbor works here and said it was fun and they were short-handed. I said, ’Why not?”’
While Vickery saw to a few other tables in the busy dining room, Shepherd and the Milburnes talked about Christmas and working on the holiday.
Up at the kitchen window, Vickery was hoking for their order, wagging a steak knife in one hand, watching the line cook.
“All right, all right,” she said. “Let’s get with the program here!”
The cook didn’t look up, but began setting plates of pancakes in the window.
“Thank you!” Vickery said to the cook in an exaggerated tone that did less than demonstrate appreciation that — finally — she’d gotten the order for the Milbume booth.
John Milbume didn’t notice and didn’t care. I Ie was talking.
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trees at curb for recycling
By Ron Malonoy
Serving New Braunfels and Coma! County since 1852.
From Staff Reports
For the first time, New Braunfels garbage crews will collect live Christmas trees curbside starting Friday.
“The live Christmas trees will be picked up on the regular green waste collection days along with leaves and other yard waste,” said Public Works Director Mike Short. “We encourage residents to take advantage of this opportunity to recycle their Christmas trees along with their yard waste.”
Short said Christmas trees must be placed at the curbside and cannot be wrapped in any plastic or have any ornaments or wiring attached.
“All nails should be removed from the trees,” he said. "Hocked trees will not be accepted, and trees taller than 7 feet should be cut. The trees cannot be mixed with other trash."
Short said residents who do not receive curbside garbage collection can drop off their live Christmas trees through mid-January for recycling at a special drop-off site at the Olympic Swimming Pool parking lot next to [.anda Park.
“Alter we collect the trees, they’ll be transported to the Comal County Rural Recycling Center, where they’ll be mulched,” Short said.
Residents can pick up free mulch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Frees collected in luanda Park also will be recycled into mulch for the city’s parks, Short said.
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Walgreen s Cashier Gilbert Molina rings up the toys Wade Zaeski and Linda Thompson bought for their cousins Christmas Day.
Andi I Iollingsworth thought she had her holiday shopping wired — which is to say all done — until she talked to her grandmother Christmas morning.
A student in San Antonio, Hollingsworth talks to her grandmother, I Iouston resident I leidi Owens, quite a bit. She also strives to be the favorite of several grandchildren, she admitted.
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(Above) Dee Vickery scarves up hot breakfast with a smile to hungry patrons Thomas Sheperd. right, and Tammy Milburne Thursday at Rip Griffin s Travel Center. (Top) Jamie Cruzan cooks and serves up dishes to the waitstaff.
Pros give tips on organizing and storing Christmas decorations.
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