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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 18, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas rn rafflfe* -srsgfcjtsm f. rfjsp ft 79m "•""‘'“I’lnll,,,,,!!,,,!,/! HUL f ffli SPORTS GOOD SPORTS Photos of area entries and their accomplishments in the world of sports. Page 8A THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18,2004 erald-Zeitung DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung A vehicle lies submerged under water at a low-water crossing Wednesday morning on Solms Road. FORUM COLUMN Charley Reese writes how the future of America depends on whether we have a revival of spirit. Page GA Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 3 14 pages, 2 sections CLICK 500 WWW? I 8",,56825"ooooii cloudy High Low I 79 57 • Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM BA OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 3B No major flooding after rain By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County received between 2 and 4 inches of rain late Tuesday and early Wednesday, but reported few problems compared to communities to the north and south. Locally, tornado warnings passed Tuesday night with no local reports of tornadoes or serious storm damage. Flood warnings stayed in effect through Wednesday, but a weather official said late that afternoon most of the serious rain had moved on east. Today’s weather is expected to be partly sunny. By Saturday, officials expect a chance of rain with daytime high temperatures moderating from the 70s down into the 60s. Comal County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Reynolds relayed reports of a few downed trees and problems at the county’s regular low-water crossings. “Deputies were busy seeing that barricades were put up in the right areas,” Reynolds said. “Everybody was on alert last night.” Deputies and firefighters rescued one woman from a car in Solms early Wednesday, according to reports. County Engineer Tom Hornseth reported the regular closures of low-water crossings. “We did have a good storm, but I haven’t heard of any damage,” See WEATHER, Page 3A Peel: Landmark Lofts ‘on track’ to open in a year Annual Christmas lighting ceremony Friday By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The holiday season officially begins Friday in New Braunfels with the annual Christmas lighting on the Main Plaza. Sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, the ceremony will include the arrival of Santa Claus. “Santa will have a well lit path down AT A GLANCE m What: Annual Christmas lighting ceremony ar When: 6:30 p.m., Friday ■ Where: Main Plaza San Antonio Street,” said iudy Young, convention and visitors bureau director for the chamber, “lie will greet children on the bandstand for photos, wishes and goody bags.” The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m., and will feature flipping the switch on the Christmas lights downtown. Eniertainment will be provided until 9 p.n i. by various school and community groups, Young said. “The downtown lighting ceremony is sponsored by companies and individuals who sponsor trees on San Antonio Street," she said. “So bring the family and help ring in the holiday season on the Plaza!" By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels Planning Commission has begun a five-year update of the 1999 comprehensive plan, and will hold a town hall meeting for local input in regard to future land use. “We will be interested hearing what local residents envision in regard to future growth, so that we can use their input to draft a land use map,” said Frank Robbins, director of planning. “Committees will be formed that represent different sections of the community.” AT A GLANCE H What: Planning Commission Town-Hall meeting ■ When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday ■ Where: New Braunfels Civic Center Robbins said a meeting would be held at 6:30 p.m. Tliesday at the New Braunfels Civic Center. “A primary objective is to update the city’s land use map,” he said. “The committees will help draft the map at subsequent meetings.” The land use map would See MEETING, Page 3A WEIHNACHTSMARKT Inside the building, located at Landa Street and Landa Park Drive, Peels contractors began in the basement and are now starting work on the framing for its floors above ground. Outside, excavation has been completed for the rear entrance off Fredericksburg Road, artificial lakes and a swimming pool. Within two to three weeks, Peel said, subcontractors will begin pouring slabs for the outside “garden apartment” homes. All the while, he said, he has been careful to try to protect what natural endowments exist on the 23-acre site. He fought with the city earlier in the project to preserve old pecan trees along Landa Street — not a common stance for a developer — and said everything is being done to protect trees See PROJECT, Page 3A FESSTAGE EVENTS M Weihnachts-markt Preview Party, 6 p.m. today, New Braunfels Civic Center H Weihnachts-markt 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, New Braunfels Civic Center ■ Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 By Ron Maloney Staff Writer LL RA power plant developer Larry Peel said Wednesday his project is on track to begin renting apart ments about vear. in a Peel, known for his environmentally sensitive building techniques, spoke to members of the New Braunfels Rotary Club at its weekly meeting at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center, updating them on the $22 million project. Larry Peel LANDMARK LOFTS RENTALS Ii Looking for an apartment? Get on the Landmark Lofts waiting list by calling (512) 327-3333. Ask for Janelle. H Advent Vespers Choral Concert, 4 p.m. Nov. 28 w Pictures with Cowboy Kringle Nov. 26-28 ■ Christmas Showcase of Arts and Crafts,10 a.m. Nov. 27-28 ■ Wassailfest, 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2 ■ Caroling in the Caverns, 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18 Mi ChristmasTour of Homes, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 A Visit with St. Nicholas, 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 i • Jingle Bell Run, 9 a.m. Dec. 11 j Mi Candlelight Tour, 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11 Caroling at the Plaza, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16 Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Amidst fake Christmas trees, Eileen Conley with Memory Lane Antiques sets up a booth for the Weihnachtsmarkt at the civic center. Preview offers look at holiday gifts By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The Friday after Thanksgiving might signal the start of the holiday shopping season around the country, but in New Braunfels, it starts this weekend with Weihnachtsmarkt. The traditional German market, pronounced “Vie-knocks-mark,” fills the New Braunfels Civic Center with 42 vendors from around the state. All money raised through the $5 entry fees benefits the Sophienburg Museum. Last year, 2,500 people came to the market to get their shopping done early. Jeannette Reaves was one of them. “I usually get 90 percent of my shopping done while I’m walking around," she said. “Its nice to beat the Thanksgiving rush.” Demi Designs Gruene representative Emily Harborth arranges the shelves at her booth at the Weihnachtsmarkt. Reaves is one of 19 volunteers who started working at the beginning of the year on this year’s market. They started decorating the Civic Center Tuesday, and by noon today it will he transformed into a winter wonderland. The market opens tonight See MARKET, Page 3A I .................. NOW OPEN SUNDAY • 8am - 3pm Serving a Lone Star Branch Sat ft Sun. 620-8878 • 1440 N. Walnut Ave. Monday - Thursday • 11 Mn - 9pm I Friday A Saturday • UMI - 10pm I Now Open Sunday • 8am -3pm J I mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmRMMRRmmi - Weekly Tour of Faith River City Vineyard will be the next church profiled in the weekly series. Town hall meeting to discuss land use ;