New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 25, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Groups celebrate holiday with dinners
By Ron Maloney
The sign outside the Westside Community Center Thursday said, “Everyone Welcome.”
And everyone was.
The Westside Community
Center and Holy Family Catholic Church joined again with the help of hundreds of community volunteers for their fifth annual community Thanksgiving meal.
Across town, Our I .ady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church did the same, as did other churches
and organizations in New Braunfels and the lake area.
Whether you wanted to eat at work, at home by yourselfThurs-day or join hundreds of your neighbors, you could enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings — delivered to your
door if that’s what you wished.
Together, the churches and the WSCC fed more than 3,000 Thursday.
Hie Jose Sanchez Jr. family was among them. Sanchez, his wife, Maria, son Joseph, daughter-in-law Cathy and two little grand
daughters, Crystalyn and Angelina, were among them.
The girls were hurrying through their meals so they could get to the best part — the pie each would enjoy for dessert.
“This is becoming a family tra
dition for us,” Joseph said. “This is our fourth year here.”
Maria said their family started attending the meal at West Side after one of its organizers, Jose Munoz, told her about it.
See DINNER, Page 7A
PLAYING TOUGH TURKEY
Photos by DAVID INGRAM 'Herald-Zeitung
Canyon Athletic Director and Head Football coach Les Davis talks with his team at the end of an brief early morning practice Thanksgiving Day.
CHS prepares for playoff game during Thanksgiving
By Ron Maloney
Darren Billiot, Bobby Ortega and Dennis Saur are three of the biggest Canyon Cougars fans there are.
If you don’t believe that, it might have been instructive Thursday morning — Thanksgiving — to see that the three men were the only people in the stands when coach Les Davis had the Cougars out on the field, running plays and practicing drills for tonight’s big Class 4A Division II regional semifinal game against Edcouch-Elsa in Corpus Christi.
If that didn’t convince you, maybe Davis could.
“They’re our ‘superfans,Davis
said, greeting them after the 45-minute workout.
If Saur tips his hat to you — and a big guy like him doesn’t have to tip his hat to anyone he doesn’t want to — you’ll see he has the numbers of his two boys, Dylan and Drake, shaved into his hair.
But what of Thanksgiving with a big game coming up a short 24 hours later? Does the game cut into the holiday or — heaven forbid — the traditional and customary holiday feast?
No way, no how.
The two co-exist quite nicely, thank you very much, and even enhance one another. What better
See FOOTBALL, Page 3A
Canyon quarterback J.D. Kunz prepares to throw a pass during an early practice Thanksgiving morning.
AT A GLANCE Look for the Salvation Army red kettle at the following New Braunfels stores:
■ Hobby Lobby
■ Granzin's Meat Market
The Salvation Army still is looking for volunteers to fill in on a few of the two-hour bell-ringing shifts, lf you can help, call Judy Baker at 830-608-9129.
Salvation Army bells ring in holiday giving today
By Leigh Jones
Ding, clink — the sound of Salvation Army volunteers asking for donations and Comal County residents responding with generosity — will begin to bring in the holiday cheer today.
Dozens of volunteers will stand next to the traditional red kettles in front of five New Braunfels stores this season, ringing their bells to
raise money for needy families.
Salvation Army office manager Judy Baker said 88 percent of the money collected here stays in the community. The remainder goes to the organization’s headquarters for disaster services.
Baker hopes to raise at least $35,000 this year, $3,000 less than Comal County shoppers donated last year.
“We had a record year last year,” Baker said, speculating that the
media coverage of Target’s decision to remove the kettles from in front of their stores probably helped raise awareness of the campaign. “This county is one of the most caring in the state. The people here come through.”
Baker speaks from experience, after raising enough additional funds during the last three months to offer assistance to 3,000 people
See KETTLES, Page 3A
Teacher honored for work with students
By Jessica Sanders
She hasn’t started wearing shades yet, but everyone at Goodwin Primary knows who the resident celebrity is. When the media shows up, employees at Goodwin point them straight to Debbie Geng.
Geng and some of her students were lea tured on the local news after she was select ed as the KENS 5 ExCEL Teacher of the Year. She was chosen among IO finalists from the Comal Independent School District.
“Its fun," said Geng, who usually avoids the spotlight. “They did a really good job getting the kids on TY”
Geng is a special educ ation inclusion teacher for pre-kindergartei) through first grade As a resource teacher, si ie helps students who need
See GENG, Page 3A
Tour of Homes gives guest a peak into family holidays.
Ex-newspaperman, associate pastor remembered
By Ron Maloney
A well-known local newspaperman and associate pastor of a Smithson Valley church died Thursday.
William II. “Bill” Ervin died early Thursday at Brooke Army Medical Center surrounded by his family.
Ervin, 75, was a member of the board of directors of Believers Christian Fellowship Church of Smithson Valley, and is a retired managing editor of the Canyon Lake limes Guardian and former employee of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. He also was a founding member of the New Braunfels Historic William H. Railroad and Modeling
Bill Ervin Society, which operates
the New Braunfels Railroad Museum.
As associate pastor at Believers Christian Fellowship, Ervin conducted the early Sunday service each week at the church located on FM 3159, just off Texas 46.
Pastor Perry Taylor said Thursday a men 10-rial service would be conducted at I p.m. Saturday at the church.
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