New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 25, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Saturday November 25, 2000 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3A
Cheney says heart will not stop him
By John Heilprin
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Told by doctors his heart condition would not impair his ability to serve as vice president, Dick Cheney left the hospital Friday with a prescription for a blood thinner and advice to take the weekend off before returning to a “full, normal, active life.”
Cheney said he and George W. Bush talked by phone and chatted about his health, but spent a lot of time talking about Florida, “which is what we usually talk about these days.”
Asked whether he had given any thought to asking Bush to replace him on the GOP ticket, the 59-year-old Republican vice presidential candidate replied, “No. Not yet.”
The presidential election still hinges on the Florida ballot counting and legal challenges.
Appearing relaxed, Cheney called his fourth heart attack in more than 20 years “a reminder of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and doing all of those things that a
prudent man would do, given the fact that I have a long history of coronary artery disease.”
Cheney said his doctors told him “there are no restrictions” on his future activities, including potentially the vice presidency.
“I should be able to return to a full, normal, active life,” he said.
Cheney walked out of George Washington University Hospital two days after checking himself in with chest pains. Hospital spokeswoman Lisa Saisselin said that ordinarily “our patients are wheeled to the door.”
Rather than emerge in a wheelchair, Cheney left the hospital walking beside his wife, Lynne, his oldest daughter, Liz, her husband and a granddaughter. From the hospital they went to their home in suburban McLean, Va.
Cheney dismissed campaign-related stress as a factor that might have led to the mild
heart attack. He said his role as secretary of defense during the 1991 Gulfwar was the “ultimate stress.”
“I have not found this situation to be nearly as stressful as that was,” he said, adding he could only speculate on whether his heart attack was stress- related.
“This has really been a trivial event and he’s recovered very rapidly. And I have no concerns at all,” Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a cardiologist who treated Cheney told The Associated Press.
Doctors put Cheney on the blood thinner Plavix for the next 30 days to reduce the likelihood of problems in the area where they inserted a metal device to widen an artery that had narrowed.
The main side effects of Plavix, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1997 to lower heart attack and stroke risk, are rash and diarrhea and there are rare cases linking the medication to a dangerous form of anemia. However, doctors say the benefits far outweigh the risks which they describe as remote.
Tis the season: Shoppers seek bargains
DALLAS (AP) — Cool, wet weather didn’t dampen the shopping spirit at one North Texas store.
At a Wal-Mart in the North Dallas suburb of Plano, rain-soaked shoppers broke through the front door shortly before opening to get to the bargains inside.
Trapped in the vestibule, they were forced to wait until 6 a.m. to hit the overstocked aisles, which included 19-inch color TVs for $89.
“We had a full parking lot,” said store manager Mike Huff. “They were running toward toys and electronics.”
Elsewhere in the Dallas area, the stream of shoppers was steady but not frenetic -on the day after Thanksgiving, the traditional start to the holiday spending season.
Susan Reid and her father
William Teague, both of Abilene, started shopping at 7 a.m. at Valley View Mall in Dallas.
“We were late,” Reid said, already looking a bit fatigued after two hours of perusing store shelves for gifts that fit her budget, which she said has shrunk for “income reasons.”
“I’m shopping with lists and just looking for specific things,” she said.
Teague said he was grateful the mall wasn’t packed with people.
“The only place that was crowded was the place that sells espresso,” he said.
Economists warn that retailers may not post large gains this holiday season, as Americans battle a faltering stock market, rising interest rates and high gasoline prices.
Kurt Barnard, president of
Barnard’s Retail Trend Report, predicted holiday sales will be slightly better than last year, but not spectacular. Several big-name apparel retailers have warned of slowing sales, from The Gap to Nordstrom.
At the.- Plano Wal-Mart, Michelle Gault’s shopping cart was loaded with board games, wrapping paper and a poinsettia.
The Plano resident said she was spending about $300 on her 6-year-old son this year. She spent twice that much last year.
“I’m only getting things he really wants this year,” she said. “Christmas is about spending time with family. That’s what is important.”
Malls and department stores weren’t the only draws Friday.
Hundreds of people — many dressed in Texas A&M maroon or
University of Texas burnt orange in anticipation of the afternoon football rivalry — lined Austin’s downtown Congress Avenue, awaiting a parade.
Many straggled into the street’s shops. At Terra Toys, Kristin Pokky and Kelley Loizos watched their young children weave about the store, filled with vibrantly-colored balls, furry stuffed animals and vintage items.
“We’re watching the children to see what they like and then we’ll secretly buy it,” said Pokky as she lifted her sweat shirt to reveal a plastic toy she had purchased earlier. “Like this frog!”
At Grapevine Mills Mall, weary shoppers — mostly men — could take a break at the “Spouse House,” a reception area with a big screen TV, putting greens and free snacks.
“Melitta had a great sense of humor. At the same time, she was very demanding. All directors have personalities and they’re all different. I miss Melitta mainly because of the memories. Some of the things we did will always be a part of Christmas for me.”
When Lemmon performs tomorrow, it will be as if Melitta Frueh is standing at her elbow.
She cannot play Beautiful Savior, Behold the Lamb or The Lord Bless You and Keep You without thinking of Frueh.
“Melitta’s idea was that this is the message of Christmas that we’re giving to the community. Christ is bom!”
Tim Smith agrees.
“It’s important to me that we continue Melitta’s vision in getting the message of the Gospel out to the community and that we honor God and give thanks for Melitta’s ministry in this place,” he said Friday. TTiis will be his third Advent Ves
pers. He was able to participate in 1997 and 1998.
“I’ve played some organ preludes and accompanied hymns,” Smith said.
“I’m excited. It’s kind of daunting, following Melitta, who’s done it for 40 years.”
Smith said he never got to know Frueh as well as he would have liked. He spent time with her at a meeting last spring at Texas Lutheran University.
“They invited a bunch of local organists to lunch. Melitta sat next to me. We got along famously. She had just a wonderful sense of humor,” Smith said.
Just weeks later, she was gone.
Smith said he happened into the director’s post by default.
Pat Flesher, one of the people Frueh asked to keep Advent Vespers going, was set to direct.
Her husband, Gene, had to relocate to Dublin for six months for his job.
She found out she would not be able to direct only a month before Advent Vespers was scheduled.
For Flesher, there was only one answer: the show must go on.
“She’d said, ‘we have to do this, because I promised Melitta we would,’” Smith said.
“I’m the choirmaster at St. Luke’s, Pat and Gene’s church. She asked if I would consider doing it. I said yes, I would.
“I did know Melitta and loved Melitta, and if there was something I could do to help, I would,” he said.
Ultimately for one reason or another, others under consideration for the directorship could not serve.
“So it fell to me, and I just thought, this is Divine, this is a sign. This must have my name on it.”
If the Advent Vespers does have Smith’s name on it, his will not be the only one.
The entire group, made up of members of New Braunfels churches, will make the city — and their
second director — very proud.
In 1999, there were HO members from 29 churches and organizations.
“I must say I have had the best time working with this group,” Smith said.
“I’m just personally gratified at how well they’re doing.”
Members of the Advent Vespers know that Frueh would be, too.
“Melitta would be very pleased,” Lemmon said.
Alice Louise Theis Hoffmann passed away on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000, in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 67 years. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday at the
Zoeller Funeral Home and continue until 8:30 a.m. Monday. The family will be present from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday to greet friends. A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Zoeller Funeral
Home. A Mass of Celebration will be at IO a.m. Monday at the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church with interment to follow in the Holy Cross Cemetery.
Zoeller Funeral Home
Funeral arrangements are complete at the Zoeller Funeral Home for Ina L. McKee Lovett of New Braunfels who passed away Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000, at her
residence at the age of 79 years. Public visitation will begin at 12 noon Sunday and will continue until service time.
Funeral services are scheduled for IO a.m. Monday, Nov. 27 at the
Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park.
Zoeller Funeral Home
EVANS Anita Cox Evans passed away on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000, in New Braunfels at the age of 61 years. Visitation will be from IO
a.m. Monday at the Zoeller Funeral Home and continue until service time.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Zoeller Funeral
Home with interment to follow at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Kingsville, Texas.
Zoeller Funeral Home
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Feds jump start Texas turnpike
AUSTIN (AP) — It’s been a long time coming, but state transportation officials believe an $800 million federal loan will be the jump-start they need for a massive highway project aimed at unclogging Central Texas roadways.
The loan will help fund the proposed 122-mile Central Texas Turnpike Project, the first phase of which is expected to break groupd next month.
The keystone of the project is Texas 130, a highway first proposed in the mid-1980s that would cover the 90-mile span from Georgetown to Seguin.
The alternative route is expected to relieve Interstate 35 traffic as much as 20 percent in some areas and 5 percent to IO percent around
“Even for Texas, this is a large project,” said Phillip Russell, director of the Texas Turnpike facility division.
He compared the project to other monumental ones, such as Houston’s Baytown Bridge.
But unlike previous highways, Texas 130 would not be done in a piecemeal fashion.
It would be completed by one contractor, Russell said.
The loan, granted by the U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday, was the largest award ever made from a pool of funds created by the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 1998.
cent cost-of-living adjustment. Others received raises as a result of a recent salary study with other cities, and others received both a raise and a cost-of-living adjustment for a total 5 percent pay increase.
Information included with Monday’s agenda said the total impact on the budget by the raises is $470,000 in the general fund and $6,300 in the airport fund.
Council also will consider a proposed “pay-as-you-throw” plan for residential garbage collection.
The city’s recycling advisory committee has been working on the proposed plan for several months.
Under the proposed plan, resi
dents would still have garbage collection twice a week for a monthly fee of $8.15.
They also could continue to place the equivalent of up to three 30-gallon cans of garbage at the curb for pick-up.
However, any garbage more than that would have to be in a bag or container with a city-issued garbage sticker attached before it would be collected.
Every existing garbage customer and new customer would be given a set of stickers for free.
Additional stickers could be purchased for $10 per set.
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MEI/EI7 MISS JU MOMENT
Beth C. Campbell passed away on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000, in New Braunfels, Texas at the age of 86 years.
She is survived by one brother, John A. Campbell and wife, Tess, of New Braunfels; three nieces,
Terri Berry, Lana Genthe and Joan Campbell and their families. Miss Campbell grew up in Lamar, Miss., taught school for over 30 years in Prescott, Ariz., and lived in New Braunfels for five years.
Graveside services will be conducted in the Sheldon Cemetery in
The family has requested that memorial contributions be given to the charity of one’s choice.
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