New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 26, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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365 Days of Gratitude
Woman gives thank-you notes to community
By Megan Holt
Allison Leach has written 74 thank-you notes this year — and it's only March.
Her goal is to write 365 notes by December and keep a running log of each experience in a blog — thankyounotepro-ject.com.
“I’ve grown up writing thank-you notes, so that’s something I’ve done forever,’’ Leach said. "I feel like (thank-you notes) are a dying art, and the written word is going by the wayside because people aren’t sending out as much mail as they used to.’’
Leach, a New Braunfels stay-at-home mother of four, worked with www.expres-sionery.com, a New Braunfels-based online personalized stationery business, to get the project rolling.
"After I left my job making cool stationery and designing products to stay at home with my kids, I needed an outlet to do something creative and use that side of my brain,” I^each said. "Expressionery.com was looking for a personal side to their products and an opportunity to blog. 1 realized 1 enjoyed that media outlet, so the Thank-You Note Project was born.”
Allison Leach of New Braunfels resident will write 365 thank-you notes this year in effort to spread appreciation throughout the community.
providing note cards and postage for leach’s project, she began writing notes on Ian. 1.
" Ihe art of writing is so traditional, and the art of blogging is so modem,” she said. "I wanted to focus on my gratitude for the year and find more of it around me.
‘‘It’s easy to complain and find fault in service, but I find that I struggle in the community because people aren’t appreciated enough,” she said. “This might be a way to entourage the good service we do get.”
Leach said it has been easy
finding people to write notes to, from the checker at the grocery store to the person who held a door open for her while she was struggling with her child’s stroller.
"You really do make an impact on people, and they are really humbled and sincere when they receive a note,” Leach said. “At the end of the day, you end up with an abundant amount of gratitude, and I start looking throughout my day for reasons to be thankful.”
In Leach’s blog, she explains each day’s note. The blog has
ON THE NET
Follow Leach's journey on Twitter ©TYNPblogger, on the Thank-You Note Project Facebook page or on her blog at
been viewed almost 2,500 times.
“You catch people off guard who are not used to being apprec iated, thanked and given a token of thanks,” Leach said. “It’s more than just leaving $2 with your waitress. It’s sending a part of you with them.”
Leach’s kindness has worn off on her four children, ages 13,9,3 and 1.
“Passing on the tradition is a challenge, but a goal to make sure our actions speak louder than words as parents,” Leach said. “My kids are watching me do this and are being encouraged. Just out of the blue the other day, my daughter gave me a thank-you note, so it may be sinking in. You feel better about yourself as a person.”
After the Thank-You Note Project is finished, l^each will continue to spread notes throughout the community.
“(The project) makes you focus on what you’re thankful for and notice more gratitude and reasons why you’re thankful for your life,” Leach said. “It’s going to start with people in your community. Ihe more you support and encourage the community, the more thank-yous will spread.”
Follow Leach’s journey on Twitter @TYNPblogger, on the Thank You Note Project Face-book page or on her blog at thankyounoteproject.com.
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MISSING CHILD ALERT
JOSHUA DAVIS JR
Joshua Davis Jr., 18 months, disappeared from his New Braunfels home on Savannah Hill Circle on Feb. 4.
He is the son of Josh Davis and Sabrina Benitez.
New Braunfels Police, Texas
Rangers and FBI agents are actively seeking information on Joshua's . whereabouts
Call (830) 620-TIPS if you have a tip. A reward of up to $20,000 is being offered for information.
Law enforcement officers in Lew Braunfels and Comal County booked the following March 24 and March 25:
♦ Jacqueline M. Blakeley, 49, New Braunfels, theft by check between $20 and $500
♦ Faustino Buentello III, 39, Elmendorf, criminal non support
♦ Victoria Ashley Flores, 19, Austin, motion to ajudicate—theft of property between $50 and $500
♦ Margie Logan Harter, 46, Mountain City, public intoxication
♦ Scott Post Hibbeler, 48, Spring Branch, evading arrest detention with vehicle, reckless driving, possession of marijuana under two ounces
♦ Adan Lara, 28, Dallas, failure to appear driving while license invalid two offenses
♦ Cody Bryan Phillips, 22, Canyon Lake, driving while intoxicated
♦ Jaime Rodriguez, 33, Buda, violate promise to appear—ficticious or counterfeit inspection document for
♦ Stephen Daniel Rohn, 21, New Braunfels, disorderly conduct-obscene language
♦ Peter Re Skelley, Salem, Ore., 50, solicitation violate city ordinance
♦ Ernest Torrez Jr., 35, San Antonio, public intoxication
♦ Sherry Lynn Voss, 26, New Braunfels, failure to comply with conditions of bond
♦ Stephen Dwayne Wetz, 46, New Braunfels, possession of maijuana under two ounces, pedestrian fail to yield crossing at point other than crosswalk
♦ Lee Andra Whitley, 37, New Braunfels, driving while intoxicated Under the U. S. Constitution, any person/defendant is considered innocent or had the charges dropped without the state proceeding to trial and would like that finding published in the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, please contact Autumn Phillips at (830) 625-9144 ext. 220 or e-mail [email protected]
New Braunfels Police Department reported the following incidents between 7 a.m. March 23 and 6:59 a.m. March 24:
♦ March 23,12:41 p.m. — Male stopped for traffic at 1100 block of S Business 35 and arrested on charges of driving with a suspended license. Investigating Officer I. Whitehair.
♦ March 23,12 a.m. — Female arrested on charges of theft at 1200 block of IH 35 S between $50 and $500. Investigating Officer D. Sweet
♦ March 23,5:32 p.m. — female subject overdosed at 2100 block of IH 35 N on prescription medications. Investigating Officer G. Whitaker.
♦ March 23,6:38 p.m. — grandfather harassing granddaughter by telephone at 1500 block of E. Common St Investigating Officer A. Taylor.
♦ March 23,10:26 p.m. — routine business check in Rosa Parks at 100 block of Morales Court led to one subject being arrested on charges of possession of marijuana.
Investigating Officer 0. Walker.
♦ March 23,11:13 p.m. — individual stopped for traffic violation at 1300 block of E. Common St found to be driving while intoxicated.
Investigating Officer J. Bolton.
♦ March 23,11:07 p.m. — routine foot patrol at 100 block of Morales Court observed intoxicated person urinating and dropping rolled blunt Possession of marijuana.
♦ March 23,11:50 a.m. — public intoxication, warrant and wanted mental subject with warrants at 1500 block of N. Business 35. Investigating
Officer C. Wilkins.
♦ March 24,12 a.m. — Person entered as a runaway while in CPS placement at 700 block of Comal Ave. Investigating Officer G. Fuller.
♦ March 24,4:40 a.m. — Subject was arrested for interfering with railroad property at 700 block of N. Walnut Ave. Investigating Officer J. Tucker.
♦ March 24,4:19 a.m. — Reportee stated a child is being left unattended at 200 block of Landa St Investigating Officer J. Pullen.
♦ March 24,4:59 a.m. — Vehicle door was open at 3200 block of Crested Creek Drive. Investigating Officer T. Schelermann.
♦ March 24,1:22 p.m. — Subject arrested for local warrant at 200 block of W. Merriweather St Investigating Officer D. Villegas.
♦ March 24,1:25 p.m. — Male stopped and arrested for fail to yield to row of vehicles at 400 block of N. Business 35. Male found to be in possession of marijuana post arrest Investigating Officer C. Peltier.
♦ March 24,4:21 a.m. — Hit and run private property accident at 1500 block of IH 35 N. Investigating Officer G. Whitaker.
♦ March 24,9:06 p.m. — Juvenile female ran away from home and returned at 900 Allen Ave.
Investigating Officer C. Adams.
♦ March 24,10:24 p.m. Miscellaneous information at 400 Commanche Dr. Investigating Officer G. Fuller.
♦ March 25,12:16 a.m. Person was arrested for driving while intoxicated after stopped for traffic offenses at 500 S. Castell Ave. Investigating Officer C. Scott
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