New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 16, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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SPORTS TIP OFF
Area beys basketball teams start the season, girls continue early-season games. Page 8A
INSIDE A FULL LIFE
New Braunfels man who died Sunday made a difference in the lives of many students. Page 5A
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Vol. 154, No. 307 18 pages, 2 sections
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DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 6B COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS 4BMedicare drug program confusing at best
By Jessica Sanders
The new Medicare prescription drug program was supposed to make things easier for seniors, but instead several locals said Tuesday
they are finding the whole process confusing.
Ruth Brzozowski said she attended a Medicare information session Monday at the Comal County vSenior Citizen Center but was still a bit intimidated by7 the complex new pre
scription drug program.
“I think they made it pretty complicated,” she said. “There’s not a lot of places to go for information unless you have the Internet.”
Medicare’s Web site outlines the 40 variations of the prescription drug
plan. Seniors also can get more information by calling 1-800-MEDICAR or the Alamo Area Association on Aging.
Recipients must decide what is best for them based on factors such as general health, income and pref
erence. Federal officials say tile competing plans force insurers to lower costs and provide more generous benefits for people 65 and older and the disabled.
See MEDICARE, Page 5A
On to state
The New Braunfels volleyball team prepares for state tournament opener against Klein Oak.
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Winter weather finally reaches Comal County
By Jessica Sanders
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David Schumacher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the most likely time for a freeze will be Thursday night.
“For plants, bring them in if you can or cover them,” he said. “For animals, use common sense — if you can’t bring them in, then provide them with protection.”
Schumacher said this year’s first freeze will be mild. Temperatures will only dip into the 30s for a few hours.
Though there is relief from the heat, the forecast shows no sign of much-needed precipitation.
“We don’t have much chance for rain,
See WEATHER, Page 5A
A SEASON OF GIVING
Cowboy Kringle to have cancer victims in mind during Gruene visit
No surprises as council sets future goals
By Ron Maloney
Even the smallest gifts can brighten a child’s Christmas
By Jessica Sanders
Christmas spirit now fits into a shoe box.
The New Braunfels collections base for Operation Christmas Child is now accepting gifts for children worldwide.
Donna Gottschalk, an Operation Christmas Child volunteer, said the program is an easy way to brighten a child’s holiday season.
“They are so happy to get even simple things like little balls and kazoos,” she said. “Its wonderful to watch the films of them opening presents, just to see the joy on their faces.”
Gottschalk said volunteers simply fill out a form telling the gender
and age group of the child who would receive the donation. Then they fill a box with toys and treats and return it to Grace Memorial Church, which was designated as the collection site for New Braunfels, Seguin and San Marcos.
Last year, Operation Christmas Child collected 70 million boxes nationwide. fjocal organizers hope to have at least 2,(XX) boxes before collection ends at noon Monday. Donations are being accepted throughout the week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grace Memorial, 3240 LM 725.
Come Monday afternoon, the boxes will be taken to San Antonio, where they will be distributed to children in need. Operation Christmas Child serves refugees of war, survivors of natural disaster and victims of poverty.
Gottschalk suggested that volunteers view the list of acceptable and unacceptable gifts. Operation Christmas Child cannot accept liquid containers, and Gottschalk
A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS
Operation Christmas Child needs toys, school supplies and other items for children during the holiday season. Suggested gifts include:
■Toys: Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky, etc.
■ School supplies: Pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, coloring books, writing pads or paper, solar calculators.
■ Hygiene items:Toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth.
■ Other items: Hard candy, lollipops, mints, gum, sunglasses, flashlights (with extra batteries), ball caps, sod<s, T-shirts, toy jewelry, hair clips, watches, small picture books.
■ Do not include the following items: Used or damaged items, war-related items, chocolate or food, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items such as snow globes and glass containers, aerosol cans.
suggested that battery-operated toys be avoided. Boxes may be wrapped, but lids must be wrapped separately.
“Even if you include extra batteries, once the batteries run out the toy is useless,” she said.
Organizers suggested that volunteers enclose a note to the child and a photo of themselves or their families. Names and mailing addresses may be included so the recipient child can write back.
Volunteers also are asked to include $5 to help cover shipping and other costs. Make checks payable to Samaritan’s Purse, and note on the memo line that the gift is for Operation Christmas Child.
For information, call Grace Memorial at 626-3045.
Cowboy Kringle will be greeting children such as Charlie HopeThirft during Gruene Market Days this weekend.
Kim Gottschalk, a volunteer at Grace Memorial Church, puts together boxes for donations received for Operation Christmas Child Monday afternoon. Volunteers are working to collect Christmas gifts for children in need.
By Jessica Sanders
Christmas in Gruene will be bittersweet this year after the loss of two Market Days vendors.
Penny Bode and Leroy Boenig both died of cancer in August, and another vendor, Jan Stich, was recently diagnosed with cancer as well.
Because of these events, this year’s Market Days’ Cowboy Kringle fundraiser will support the American Cancer Society.
Emma Mozeley, event coordinator for Gruene Market Days, said this year’s fund-raiser, to be held Saturday and Sunday, will be a very emotional time for vendors and organizers.
“It’s a very personal situation,” she said. “When we all see each other on a monthly basis, it’s like a second family.”
Half of the proceeds from the Cow
boy Kringle photos, which start at $19, will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
Cowboy Kringle also will be available for photos Nov. 25 to 27 and Dec. 3 to 4.
Emma Mozeley said a
Mozeley raffle may bring in
another $1,000 for
“The raffle will consist of four baskets of handcrafted items from our vendors,” she said. “Each contains items valued between $250 and $300."
Tickets for the raffle are $5, and only a limited number will be sold, she said.
Entrance to Gruene Market Days is free.
For information, call 830-832-1721 or visit www.gruenemarketdays.com.
The city of New Braunfels should continue work on its streets and drains, beef up public safety and pay attention to quality of life issues such as parks — and find a way to pay for them.
City staff should budget better, consider a central purchasing system and take advantage of modern technology.
Those were the themes that emerged Tuesday night when city council conducted a special workshop meeting on long-range goals and staff processes for meeting them.
District 6 councilmember in waiting Ken Valentine participated in the brainstorming session even though he will not officially rejoin council until late this month.
Mayor Bruce Boyer asked for the meeting, to begin a planning process to set s long-term goals and develop a system for meeting them.
Boyer invited council to the meeting, which was also attended by Interim City Manager Marcus Jahns and City Attorney Charles Zech. At later meetings to be set after a new city manager is hired, city staff will be invited into the process.
See COUNCIL, Page 5A