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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 26, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas SHOPPERS Continued from lA no sle^ and doing this." joining Haas were his friends, &ey Skinner, 19, and Amanda Leslie, 16, For Leslie, this was her first time participating in a Black Friday opening, but she appeared up for the challenge to find gifts for her family. "I'm pretty excited just to experience the craziness of it," she said. "I think it's going to be fun." A more seasoned Black Friday shopper awaiti ng the opening was Shannon Schmid, who said coming out in the wee hours has become something of a tradition for her. "It's just a fun event ff)r me and there's always good sales," Schmid said. "I've been doing this for a few years now and it's jiist fun to do." Later in the day, local retailers bpened their doors to Black Friday shoppers. Throughout the afternoon, downtown New Braunfels was packed as cars lined the streets and gift-carrying shoppers traveled u() and down the sidewalks. At Dancing Pony oh San Antonio Streets co-oWner jim Beall said it was a very busy day with customers from all over the country stopping l>y. "We get a lot of people who are visiting family for the holidays stop by who were told about us," Beall wicl. Vve've t»een hearing a lot of good things from them and we've s«in a lot of people who stopped by last year come again." Beall said the not items at the b(3utique this sc>ason have been jewelry and leather boots. Across the street at Nature's Aglow, shoppers perused the wide selec tion of soy candles, bath and body products, and other assorted knick-knacks. "I just like coming to these little shops," said Kimberly Rennspries, 17, of Marion. "I really like thi»s(‘ places and the prices, and you can find things in places like here that you can't find anywhere else." New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said promoting local retailers is a top priority to ensure the community continues to thrive. "That's something we always emphasize," Meek said. "We target overall shopping local but we especially promote our local retai ers." Meek added when local retailers succ i'ed, the community as a whole benefits from it — and that's something that cannot bi' undervalued. "Not only do the jobs Stay local, but so does the money. It d(K‘sn't go to a corporate office outside the* city," he said. "We get more bang for the buck." TREES Continued horn )A ago with dreams of retiring from Texas' oil fields and spending their final years peddling the Chri^as spirit with fresh-cut trees, marshmallow roasts and hayrides in a red-and-white sleigh. They planted 20 acres of evergreen trees. Now, barely two years after Karen Barfield retired to work the farm, she has rt^urnc'd full-time to her ¡ob se I ling explosion-proof enclosures to the oil industry. David Barfield has increased his hours doing part-time electronic work. Instead qf sc*lling some 400 homt‘grown trees as they do in a goc^ year, th(*y will Ix* luc ky to sell I (X) — nearly all Frasier firs brought in from North Carolina. And they're not certain that will be enough to cover their property taxes. Barfield says he can only charge $50 for a North Carolina fir— just $10 more than he pays for them. "Eight (trees) died within the last week,'' Barfield said, continuing his walk through his farm in New Caney. "These were all green a week ago. The drought has bc'en hurting us real l)ad." But at least he and his wife have other income. Others have not fared as well. "We lost prolwbly ‘K) {X‘r-cent of our trees," said )ean Raisey, 79, who's run a 10-acre Christmas tree farm in Purcell, ()kla., with her husband sinceT 98‘j. Th(* othe^r 10 |K*r(ent are dying now, she said HERITAGE Continued from i A so the trec‘ lighting is one of the events leading up to the (K casion. Activities will include a Live Oak Lighting reenactment at 5:45; crafts and ac tivitic's for children of all age's; The Sadue Wagon and Toy Exhil)it; and a ('hrist-mas train [provided by New Braunfels Railroad Museum. "Diis is very' muc h a fam-ily-t()cusc‘d event," Nichols said. "Children will Ik' able to sew their own ('hristmas stcx king if they want to." The Heritage ScKiety of New Braunfels is a 501(c)(3), home of the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture and Heritage Village. Its goal as a vital community asset is to provide a fun and tamlly-friendly environment to learn alx)ut life in 1‘)th- and early 20th-century New Braunfels. (ost tor the event is $1 tor children; $2 for adults; and $5 for family (2 adults and ( hildren at the same home). R)r information, call (830) 629-6504. äW P «EHEBjMlirittG Saturday, December^3 9:00 ■ 2:00 Ronald McDonald® will be here at 10:00 AM! stop by and see us soon! m McDonald V Restaurant \ 1761 State Highway 46 West . New Braunfels, IX 78132 - -■! - - - -With this coupon, get a FREE Medium Fry! Offer expires: December 10, 2011 Good only at: McDonald’s® Restaurant 1761 State Highway 46 West New Braunfels, TX 78132 Limit on* coupon p*r customor, p«r visit, ploas*. After broaitfast hours only. \' "We've had to hire a contractor and pull all the dead and all the live trees," she said. "And we're out of business." Cathey, who owns the 50-acre Elves Farm in Denisc)n, Texas, a town about 75 miles north of Dallas, said he has spoken to many of Texas' 120 Christmas tree farmers in recent months. Long stretches of triple* d eg ree hea t, he sa id, harmed the* tre(^ as much as the lack of rain. And the drought has been bad. In Texas, c*ss than 11 inches of rain fell this year compared to an annual .iverage of almost 24 ine hes. In Oklahoma, there has l)(H‘n afwHJt 18.7 inc hc's of rain this year comfwrcKi to a long-term average of 10 inches. All trc*es have bcn^n hard-hit by the lack of rain. "There's hundreds of thousands of trees dying," said Travis Miller, a drought expert at Texas A&M University. "We're looking at a ... one-in-a-500-year kind of drou^t, and so it's weeding out the ones that can't survive this kind of extreme conditions," he added. For evergreens; vvhich usually prefer wetter, more temperate climates, the stru^le may be greater than for (irought-resistant plants, such as the juniper brush, although it too is dying in Texas this year. Farmers who planted evergreens native to Afghanistan — and accustomed to a desert climate — have had greater success than those who planted trees from the northeast United States. BLACK FRIDAY Continued from'1A Ten pc‘0()le suffered cuts and l)ruises in the* chaos, and 10 others had minor in|uric*s from the spray, authorities said. The woman got ,iway in th(‘ confusion, and it was not immediately clear whether she got an XIk)x. Protests were held Frid«iy in place's like ('hicago and Washington t() get [mh)()le to reconsider shopping at national chains on what is known as Black Friday, so called because of the accounting practice of recording losses in r(>d and prcjfits inola( k. Protcslc'rs say the shops' earlier opening hours have ruined Thanksgiving, which is meant to )ring families togethcT On Friday morning, (X)lice said, two women were injured and a man was chargc'd after a fight brok«' out at an uf)state New York Walmart. And a man was arrestc'd in a sc uffle at a jc’w-elry counter at a Walmart in KissimmcH.\ f la. Walmart, the nation's biggest retailer, has taken ste )s in recent years to c on-tro its Black Friclay (rowds following th(‘ 2{K)8 death of one C)t its workc'rs in a stam-fX'de of sho()i)CTs. 1 I I I I I I I I I I if; m I •/. ¿ewriSAí. TÊXAÔ weALrii iS lookîmî? poe ¿HiLbRGíJ    é-n TO voLuhJreeß. fo(Z a srupv of aw i(v/ve$r¡<9ArioivtAí. nepiCArioiv/ FôR veAe-eouMP ACLeec^ies. To see if you qualify, please call: (830) 609-0900 Qualified participants will be compensated for time and travel. PAID ADVERT I SEfVlENT Black Friday and Toyotathon Combine for Ideal Car Buying Opportunity Best Days of Ihe Year to Buy. High-Quality Surplus Vehicles at Auctitui Prices 1 hrouj»h Saturday Bv Jell Johnson Sail Marco\i\ liliiCk Vndav the d.iv atlcr I’hiinksgiMng. in iradilionallv the most anticipaifil shopping da> ol the Near, and that c\viti.-nicnt has grown tit inchidc car ('uycrs. jlvcic s a iîikkI icasoii lor that. ( reccntlv re-ported Black Fridav is the best da\ of the \ ear lo Inn a vehicle. .Accorditig to the article,‘V\n alysts looked at day-b\ -day car pricing lor the last several years. 1'hat data revealed that dis-counts on Black I ridav are. on average, the biggest ot the \ear." Shi'ppers at San Marct)s io\ota. will disc(ner an even more pleasant sur|Hise: Black I rid'aA will overlap with Toyotathon. along With a huge surplus inventory, to create the most huvcr-IriendK priccs in years. I’hose prices will be in elfect until Sat urda\ at ‘WHI p.m. (’amrys, ( orollas. Siennas. 4Runncrs, lacomas even iuii dras arc all at close out priccs. Savings will tu- significant, such as iully loaded 2011 C'amry LEs with automatic lor just $14..5()0, Or choose a loaded 20ÎU Corolla LE vvith automatic for $12,.StM). An SliV is a better fit for your needs? San Marcos Toytii.i has 2()l() R AV4s with automatic and power everything forjust $18.5(K).niese prices rc-tlect extra thousands of dollars off the brand-new MSRR and the preowned priées are as low as allowed, plus TT&L.; “W’e bought t ruckloads of vehicles at a surplus auction ’ savs Jim Stienke. (leneral Manager of San Marccts Foyota "We had them tiucked in.and now we re selling them tor pennies on the dollar. W hen vou add Black Friday discounts and Toyotathon discounts, vou're looking al some ama/ing deals.” llic surplus in\ entory includes all makes—Foytttas, Hondas. Ma/das. ( hevrolels, fords., Mitsubishis. BMWs. l)t>dges, Kias. llyundais, and more—with a wide variety of models, including cars, trucks. andSl'Vs. 2011 Camrv LEs with Automatic and Power Everythin!», Just $14.501)! Call 1800 NEW WHEELS. “ Iliese are high-quality vehicles that include repossessions, lease returns, rental returns, service loaners, demo units, purchase units, and auction units." says Sticnke. ‘VVll have been inspected and reconditioned as necessary by our mechanics." At least half ot the vehicles have the remaining balance of their original factory warranty or are certified. Certified vehicles give buyers compltMc peace of mind, thanks to a rigorous lW)-point quality-assurance in-spectibn that covers mechanical, detailing, and appearance standards. Faetory-trained technicians complete any necessary repairs and reconditioning before the vehicle is certified. Additionally, each vehick is issued a CARFAX® vehicle history report, based on informa- tu)ii tr(»m more than 2(),(KK) data sources, to ensure that only the best of the best vehicles receive the seal ot approval CARFAX also provides the ('ARFAX Buyback Ciuarantce that reduces the risk involved in buying a used car. For more intormalion about the C.AR-FAX Bu\ back Cuiarantee coverage, visit w, I'urther, every certified used vehicle includes a 12-month/l2,(KH)-niile Comprehensive Warranty that covers any repair or replacement of components that fail under normal use due to delect in materials or workmanship, plus ;i 7-\cai7l(X),l)(»(l-mile Limited Powertrain Warranlv and ttne year of Roadside Assistance, 24 hours a day, days a year (see dealer lor details), Worried about vour credit'’ Don't be, ^'ou cannot be refused credit, vvith a job and the mini mum down payment. ITus in eludes Students, divorcees, victims ot circumstance, and even people who chose the alternative of bankruptcy. A sharp increase in subprime lending, along with a strong existing sub-prime portfolio with Its lenders, has enabled San Marcos Toyota to offer financing to people w ith a bad irredit history and FICO scores in the low 5(K)s. San Marcos Toyota is conveniently located off Interstate exit 199, next to the outlet mall. Or shoppers can review the current inventory of used vehrcles, mduding cars, trucks, S I TVs. and minivans,at Remember that a 15-minute drive ¿ means thousands off a high-quality lised vehicle, including a 2011 Canvry LE with automatic and power everything tor just $14.500. Call 1 HOO' NEW WMEE15 C!2011 Person & Partneri^ ;