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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Inside: Letters of thanks........... BA Ida Sing's Thanksgiving column.......................... 4A Holiday closings............ 5A Restaurants serving holiday meals................ . 5A Sill stores were busy aN day Wednesday as turkey "hunters" HH over the frozen birds looking for the perfect one to put on their table Thanksgiving |day. (Photos by Bill Ervin)Happy Thanksgiving jftL mqHhb 25 Cents Vol. 140, No. 6Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of E. D. Burr Thursday November 28, 1991 Two Sections, 26 Pages Reasons for giving thanks By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer At New Braunfels citizens continue to face an economic recession, some may feel there is less to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. But in sharing their feelings on the holiday, local religious leaders said community members should turn to one another in support and see that there is reason to give thanks. “It is true that some people enjoy more material things than others.” said Robert E. O’Hara of the Holy Family Church. “This is a good time for them especially to try to help others that don’t have as much, people who arc unemployed or who suffer from the high cost of living.” The Rev. Dr. Gordon Graham of the Fust Baptist Church said, “In the midst of the recession that we’re going through, during the holidays, I think it will give us a tendency to pull together as family uni ti more, and depend on one another.” “I personally am thankful that in the midst of a world of conflict and a very unsteady economy, that there is one who gives peace and security, and that's the Lord Jesus Christ,” Graham said. “We have a tremendous amount to be thankful for,” said Pastor Dennis Gallaher of the Freedom Fellowship Church. “We think we’ve had it tough until we begin to compare to the Eastern bloc countries, and others who are just tasting freedom.** He added that the recession is “a good time to kick back to the more traditional value systems that we held in this country up to the last 40 years.” Thanksgiving is also a lime Ho “slow down, pause, and connect with each other and connect with our creator,” said the Rev. Charles De Haven of St. Paul Lutheran Church. “I think our interdependence upon each other, between one another and our environment ... is what Thanksgiving is all about,” DeHaven said. He attributed the recession in part to a negative attitude among the nation’s citizens. “We feed upon that activity rather than upon the blessings of our world.” “We’ve forgotten our many blessings, and Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on how blessed we are. and to be able to have the right kind of attitude about life.” Robert D. Koth, associate rector for St. John’s Episcopal Church, said it is important “to take time to take stock of our lives and the many things that God has granted us. “As Christians, we believe that God does supply our needs,” he said, “lf anything, I think this time of recession causes us to realize our dependence upon the Lord.” Koth said the church will celebrate Thanksgiving by serving a Thanksgiving dinner for people unable to prepare their own. Food was donated by the Spirit of Sharing Food Bank and by parishioners. I jut year, the Thanksgiving dinner fed 400 people, he said. O'hara said the Catholic Youth Organization at the Holy Family Church put together baskets of Bee THANKS. Paga 2A stammtisch Council divided on mayor’s announcement Best wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Star la Ncaleigh, Elida “Leis" Ortega and Tina Marie Dominguez. Anniversary wishes to Charles and Patricia Rogers and Mr. and Mrs. Juan A. Moreno.CISD meetings Comal Independent School District officials are planning two community meetings to provide information to taxpayers regarding the current attempt to roll back the 1991-92 property uut rate. Superintendent Joe Rogers and his staff will present information and answer questions during public meetings scheduled for 7 pm. Dec. 4 at Canyon Middle School and 7:30 pm. Dec. 11 at Smith ion Valley High School. CISD taxpayers are urged lo attend a meeting to learn more about the financial situation of the school district.Toys for Tots The 1991 Toys for Tots Drive, SM STAMMTISCH, Pmgm 2A Expect clear skies and cool win dy conditions today as the high temperatures rises to about SO degree* For more weather infor mation see page 2A. In aide: CLASSIFIED................ comes..................-. CROSSWORD OBAR ABBY............... KALEIDOSCOPE HOROSCOPE ..SB RECORDS.. ...........SA SCRAPBOOK.............. SPORTS ......................... 14*1 SA TV UBTINOS..........................Eft By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer New Braunfels Mayor Clinton Brandt said Wednesday that the city manager’s position will be open for applications after Jan, J, but two council members criticized the mayor for the mnouncemcnt. “b’s going to be a big issue because we want to be very careful in our selection and get , someone that we* hopefully can rely on to do the job for us,” Brandt said. “I think that since the present council is going to Brandt start on this process, I hope that we could finish it before we have a change in the council in May,” he said, noting that the spring election possibly could complicate the hiring process. The position became vacant with the controversial resignation of City Manager Paul Grohman in October. Assistant City Manager Hector Tamayo was then moved into the seat of interim city manager. Council Members Rudy Seidel and Paul Fraser responded to Brandt’s announcement with surprise. “I wish this had not been brought up at all at this time,” Fraser said. “I think it’s something we could have discussed in private. I think the mayor was totally out of line to bring it up.” He added that he was “more than a Food drive continuesGood Day The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung’i Cheer Fund drive now has raised $2,326.74 The goal of the drive is to raise money lo provide Christmas dinners to local residents who are less fortunate. Daily updates of how much money has been contributed will appear in the Herald until (he delivery dale, Dec. 21. Latest contributors art* Henry and Donna Dedek... $23 Anonymous.....................ToysAnonymous,.  ......$20 little shocked thai it’s caused this embarrassment for some of the council members who had no idea he was going lo make this comment.” Seidel said the announcement was a “real surprise" because “I thought we were all of the same mind that we were going to keep Mr. Tamayo until way down the road. bi fact we all agreed upon that.” Brandt said the Jan. I un ie frame had been discussed by the council members upon Mr. Grohman’s resignation. He said he thought the council had agreed upon it. During a special session at that time, a “passing comment” was made by a council member that they should look at filling the position after Jan. I, and “there was no conuiiein to the contrary.” Bi and! said. Fraser said Brandt was unkind to Tamayo for not discussing the announcement with him fust, but Brandt said he had done just that . “The interim city manager laid I had previously talked about this,” Brandi said. Tamayo said he remembered the Jan. I date from a previous council discussion. But as for whether Brandt had discussed it with him recently, “he may have mentioned it just in (jessing, 'Tamayo said. Tamayo said he has ink decided whether to seek the position. Seidel said he would like to see Tamayo stay rn the position, and he expected that the question of hiring after Jan. I would come up before the council for a vote. Council Member Ramon Chapt Jr. said he supported Brandt for wanting to select a city manager after Jan. I but before the next election. “We knew that we wanted to hire a city manager later when all of this turmoil dies down,” he said. Council Member Loraine Kraft said the council should take their time to choose the best candidate. “I’m mire we’re looking al 60 to 90 days unu! we make a decision,” she said. Council Members BUI Arnold and James Goodbread could not be reached Wednesday . Chapa said Tamayo's qualification* were good, but “we don’t have anything to lose by looking and crying to find oui what else is out there ” Hubert and Ruth Alford $30 Homa Rube  ............$10Ann and Ban Bartholomew,.,......................$23 Transplant recipient giving thanks r. By ROBERT BTBW ART    j Stott Wrttor Recovering from a recent heart transplant, a local school official is now resting a home. Just In time for Thanksgiving I'm going eat some lurk ey,” Mid Hie Curtis, assistant super* imendem for New Braunfels Ksdepesdeat^^^^^^^l School Dis trim. “That's^^^^^H oat of the curt* ■Ml Im being hmm — I guar arnee al*ase. lyyMA CtlS'wl Itt A 1#%!    IAF jrvu WHI mum mmm tm rn w tophp I* *fr Mails rn I CHSI llUipiHM I VUU* VWUi toll toll toitoi to rMtoJriNaif* 3KL jim MMI wsah after receiving a 2^1    * up and nsovTamumi I outside,” he said. “i’m free of all equipment but I'm on tons ofaediflMkM. NBISX) Superintendent Charles Baldberry lays that it wUi probably be about eight weeks before Curtis is back a his fthyeum Center office. “We can talk to him by phone now so we've got that advice level we did not have before,” Brwfticnry said. “We’ll be hiking some paper oui to hun He’s sharp and now and really doing good ” said he feels Uke be could return lo wort earlier but will wait until doctors give their approval “I probably feel like I can physically do it before then — bul whan they give you these transplants tf»y pretty well sock you up with chemicals to cut down on the niscikn mu! von wa vulnerable ta all khdb of infection,*’ Curtis said* “I was real lucky to be able to get out Ui a week. I dunk that most (transplant patients) stay three things ot bright no Cunts weeks up to eta weeks.” The — Mitfy of the operation was a surprise to Curtis but was not completely unexpected, he said. “k was s surprise—all of a sudden — but I knew it was going to happen thai way,” bs said, “U wee (puts' an    —    you    don*! really know what to expect. I tell you what, though — I (eh much better during the day on Friday (of the operation) than I ever expected lo th* was a reel plus. I got in to rn 3:30 Md 4 a ni. and I was oocntng around by 7 o’cluck,” THfeWP Iii®    !®bJ®    ®® Ii SN®® ipup iii m ;