New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Students aren't the only ones who look forward to summer all year long. If the thought of a tropical holiday, an outdoor adventure or an historical attraction is what you're dreaming about, it must be that summer is upon
For consumers who are already struggling to make ends meet, paying for a vacation may seem like the impossible dream. However, with careful planning, most.consumers wilFbe able to afford some type of getaway vacation, according to the Consumer Credit Counseling Service.
CCCS suggests budget-minded travelers follow three steps:
Step No. I: Plan in Advance Figure your budget. Aa soon as possible, sit down and look at your budget, if you don't have one, create one by tracking your income and expenses. The budget helps you know how much money you have available for travel.
Research vacation offers. Visit the library and check out travel guides or do some research through the Internet. One site for the budget-minded traveler is
http://www.yahoo.eom/Recrcation/Tr a vel/Budget_T ravel.
Step No. 2: Consider the Options
Set priorities. For some people, staying on the beach is very important, while others don't mind a short walk or ride. Decide what aspects of a vacation are a real priority to your family and pay extra4 for than, but cut comas on items of lessa importance.
Be creative. Day trips or a weekend getaway could take the place of an extended, expensive vacation. Check out campgrounds or state parks and consider vacationing with another family.
Shop around. Airline and hotel rates vary dramatically. Be sore to ask for the lowest rate.
Step No. 3: How to Pay
Evaluate your payment options. Decide how you will pay for your vacation. If you decide to ga a loan, shop around for the lowest interest.
Start saving now. Sa up a special vacation fond, if not for this summa, for next
Plan how you will use credit. Taking along a credit card on vacation makes good sense. They reduce the need to carry large amounts of cash. Howeva, use credit caids carefully.
(Submitted by the Consumer Credit Counseling Service)
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Patience, war, luck make a garden
By Michelle Oat man and John Motor, photo editor
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
I thmk everyone in town must have had a good time this past Fourth of July weekend, lounging by the river picnicking at the park. I know this because everyone was so busy having a good time they forgot to call in identifications for our two picture last week1
(AA-97-045) is our “American Flag” and these nine clever people need to have some names attached to this picture so they don't get put in
the record book as “anonymous people as a flag.” Look closely and try and give us one name whom we can hunt down to get the rest of the names.
(AA-97-046) is five pretty ladies in one pretty car. I can’t believe that someone did not claim to know one of these beauties! Get together and see if you know them.
This week we found two cuties (AA-97-047). These kids are just adorable! Give us call and help us get their names into our computers.
We went through our numerous baseball pictures and picked this 1959
group. (AA-97-048) is one fine team of New Braunfels All-Stars. These men probably are taking their own children to games now!
The Sophienburg Archives Gift Shop, 200 N. Seguin, is having a summer clearance — 50 percent off fine gift items: books, toys* and handmade items. Stop in and take a look before it’s all gone!
As always, KEEP READING! ... KEEP REMEMBERING! ... KEEP CALLING! ... 629-1900! Or stop in at the Sophienburg Archives 200 N. Seguin, The Old City Hall.
By GEORGE BRIA
POUND RIDGE, N Y (AP) — An old man contemplating his garden finds many changes over the years. He’s changed the garden, but the garden has also changed him The vegetable patch I’m cultivating this summer seems a distant relative to the one I started back in 1951.
Sure, I’m still growing tomatoes. But my tomatoes of yestery ear were bigger, reflecting a youthful belief that big is better. Now, medium and small please me more. And I find the smallest of all, the currant, no bigger than a gumdrop, the tastiest.
Also, I used to aim for the earliest, feeling I’d achieved something by picking the first tomato late in July instead of early August. Now, I bide my time, the better taste of the later-maturing fruit having made me a more patient, and perhaps wiser, man
i And I’ve learned not to insist on trying to create from the garden what can be done quicker and better from the supermarket Thus I’ve stopped using my own tomatoes to make pasta sauce. I get a much richer and thicker sauce by mixing store-bought cans of peeled and pureed tomatoes. But I do use my own fruit to make great-tasting dried tomato slices in the hydrator
I used to grow a lot of pole string beans. Now my only poles are for limas, which grow as large as quarters in their pods and are richer tasting than the bush varieties. Reflecting an increased appreciation of foreign produce, my only string beans now are the Swea and tender baby frenchies, as thin as shoelaces.
In recent years. I’ve also discovered fresh shell beans, captivated by the taste and texture. This is a gardener’s perk, for you’re not likely to find shell beans in the market other than the dried ones. The French flageolet excels in taste, but in my garden it’s stingy in production. One called Midnight Black Turtle, on the other hand, yields bountifully. Another good yielder is the Italian strawberry bean, Boriotto.
A latter-day showpiece of my garden is my hot-bed, a boxlike, transparent plastic frame covering a patch of ground that is heated by the Sun and an electric cable inserted three inches under the soil. This gives me lettuce and other salad greens
‘The vegetable patch I’m cultivating this summer seems a distant relative to the one I started back in 1951.’
deep into January and starting again in March, w hen the rest of the garden is frozen solid or covered with snow.
I’ve dropped some early enthusiasms, like trying to grow artichokes in an unfavorable climate. I did succeed once in getting one artichoke head out of a dozen plants, a thrill best left as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I keep planting eggplant year after year, hoping for mild weather to give mc the good harvest I ga only now and then. Here again the taste seems worth the effort.
Some plants, like broccoli, require
hardly any effort, producing good heads and florets from June into December, and I swear by them. Gardeners can be fickle, too. I used to love Swiss chard, but, mysteriously. I’ve stopped growing it. Peppers, on the other hand, have gotten to occupy more and more space as I experiment with nuances of heat. A mild chili called Anaheim has pleased me the most, so far.
My asparagus patch, now decades old,, keeps producing hundreds of luscious spears year after year and seems sure to outlive me Funny about the asparagus. I started growing it at one end of the garden, but it did poorly. So I shifted to the other end, it was lucky I did so, for it thrived. No doubt a horticulturist could find solid reasons for the improvement. I like to think that luck also rules in the garden.
(EDITOR S NOTE George Brid retired from the AP in 1981 atter 40 years that included coverage of World War ll from Italy.)
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