New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
20 pages in two sections ■ Friday, November 28,1997
Serving Comal County and-surrounding areas tor more than
Vol. 146, No. 11
:_New Braunfels embraces flocks of ‘snowbirds’
Economy benefits from winter Texans
By DA VK) DEKUNDER
With the arrival of winter, thousands of winter Texans are descending on New Braunfels, adding millions of dollars tot he local economy.
Winter Texans, who are mostly, elderly retired
people from die Midwest, make their homes in Texas from November to March to take advantage of the warm weather in Texas.
According to figures from the Texas Department of Economic Development and Tourism Division, 1.3 million winter Texans visit the state each year. TDED projected winter Texans have an economic impact of almost $1 billion to the state.
Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, said winter
Texans are a shot in the arm for the local economy during the winter months.
“I think the last time we checked .it was around the $30 million mark a couple of years ago,” Meek said. “We add 3,000 residents between the November and April time frame each year.”
Winter Texans not only spend their money here but add to the spirit of the community. Meek said.
“They make not only a big impact on the
economy but make a big'contribution to the quality of life here,” Meek said. “A lot of diem ae very active in civic and cultural organizations and churches. They really become good citizens when they are here.”
Joyce Fox, Hospice New Braunfels administrator, said Hospice had three winter Texan volunteers.
‘They are excellent workers,” Fox said “They give a lot of time, they arc very dedicated and con-
Singing Christmas card
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Birthday wlalias from tie Handel Totting
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes lo: Annie Jones, Tanya Falgout (Saturday), Tammy Setter, Susan Bracks, Freddy Fischer 86 years), MA. Peterson and Natalie Kay Heber (Saturday).
Happy Anniversary wishes go to Jim and Shirley Hays (44 yean).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Tonight — Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of
evening showers or thunderstorms Partly cloudy skies. Lows mainly in the 40s.
tsturdey — Partly cloudy Isolated showers northeast Highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s Saturday night, partly cloudy Lows in the 30s to lower and mid 40s.
Sunday — Mostly sunny. Highs near 70 to lower 70s.
Monday — Increasing cloudiness. Lows in the 30s to 40s Highs near 70 to lower 70s
Timrtoy — Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain or showers Lows in the 40s to around 50. Highs in the 50s to 60s
Downtown I (alifs MB tonight
Santa Claus Mayor Jan Kennady and lots of youngsters and those young at heart plan to be in downtown New Braunfels at 5:15 p.m. today for the annual Christmas tree lighting.
The Main Plaza will be closed to traffic starting at that time so Santa Claus and his elves can participate in a Christmas parade starting at the main fire station on Hill Street Hill and San Antonio streets will be closed during the parade
, Advent Vespers slated Sunday
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The true beginning of the Christmas season starts within each person’s heart at a different time. For some in New Braunfels, it starts with a sound — the sound of 100-plus voices singing sacred music at Advent Vespers.
“It has become a tradition that people don’t want to be without” said creator and director Melitta Frueh.
This year marks the 38th Advent Vespers. It has grown to include 100-plus members from at least 15 churches and singing groups.
Members of the Hill Country Chorus, New Braunfels’ barbershop chorus, will participate en mass for the second year. A couple of years ago, die barbe choppers heard that Frueh was in need
Country Chorus member Harry Myers.
“Hill Country Chorus decided we’d commit two of our practice nights to sing with the vespers,” Myers said.
Not only the audience benefits from the Advent Vespers, Frueh said.
“We who sing are really blessed by doing it,” she said.
Pianist Jo Aim Lemmon has accompanied the Advent Vespers since the early 1960s. She and Frueh are fast friends, Frueh said.
“She’s very dynamic,” Lemmon said of Frueh. “She’s quite firm, but when you get to know her, you know her intent I think I read her heart pretty well.”
Frueh puts a great deal of thought into the Advent Vespers program each year, Lemmon said. Some time-honored sacred Christmas favorites, such as “CMi Holy Night,” can be counted on each year.
“Melitta does something from ‘Messiah’ every year, because that’s beloved by a lot of people,” Lemmon said.
“I also include more modem things
We have lo remember what our audience is — they ’re not all musicians.” Frueh said. “Some of the songs this year were copyrighted in 1997.” Advent Vespers is not just tor enter
tainment. Frueh said.
“(Frueh’s) basic purpose was to bring the message of Christmas, by way of music, into the hearts of the people in our arca.” Lemmon said.
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Three sons arrive night before Thanksgiving
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Thanksgiving memories will never be the same for Pam and Gerald Tim-mermann of New Braunfels.
At 9:21, 9:22 and 9:26 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve, they had three sons.
They did not plan this Thanksgiving gift Pam said today from Northeast Methodist Hospital in San Antonio.
“This was a very big surprise pregnancy — no fertility drugs or anything,” the mother said. “When they did the first sonogram, there were three heartbeats”
When the triplets were bom, the Timmermanns already had three children — Andrew, 7 1/2; Jennifer, 4; and Nicholas, 2 1/2.
Pam Timmermann carried the babies for 34 weeks and five days.
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First Protestant reaffirms vote to leave UCC
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
First Protestant Church of New Braunfels confirmed Sunday an Oct. 7 hand vote of its members wanting to separate from the Lnited Church of Chnst.
Members voted by ballot between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, according to Daryl Higgins, senior minister The vote provided final closure to the church's decision to continue independently as Evangelical reformed, according to church officials.
"The congregation voted overwhelmingly once again to leave the U.C.C,” said Higgins Some 315 voting members said yes to the spin, w hile 14 members opposed it. There was one abstention
Higgins withdrew his standing from the U.C.C. after the vote, effective immediately.
The appropriate officials have been notified,” said Higgins
Texans give thanks at turkey feasts big and small
From staff and wire reports
Volunteers across the state gave thousands of hungry, homeless and elderly people a reason to be thankful Thursday , serving hearty amounts of turkey and NI the trimmings.
Between 1,100 md 1,200 residents turned out to eat a Thanksgiving dinner of Mexican food at the New Braunfels Civic Center Tuesday Adobe Cafe of New Braunfels and Gruene sponsored the holiday feast.
“Everything went great,” said James Brcta, manager at Adobe in New Braunfels, “h stayed pretty steady.”
Adobe employees prepared the food, and many volunteers who served made the dinner possible A meal including enchiladas, beans and nee was available to local residents.
In Houston, volunteers at the 13th Annual Thanksgiving Holiday Supcrfeast served 5,000 pounds of turkey breast, 2,500 pounds of dressing, 600 gallons of gravy, 2,500 pounds of whole cranberries, 2,500 pounds of vegetables. 40,000 slices of bread and 20,000 cups of Coca-Cola.
Newly 20,000 people were served, according to sponsor USA Waste Services Inc.
And a second crowd of about 20,000 also chowed
down at the 19th Annual Thanksgiving Big Feast at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center.
The feasting continued in South Texas as an estimated 23,000 people dined at San Antonio's annual Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner at the San Antonio Convention Center.
Jimenez started serving the meal in 1971 as a tribute to a few thousand of the city’s older citizens and it has grown ever since “We just don't close the doors to anyone,’' director Alice Guerra said. “If someone is having a hard tune or they’re out of a job or there’s been tragedy in the family, we don't ask any questions "
YMCA to offer holiday child care
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open child care picks up again Dec. 22, after-school program. The program is excluding Christmas and New Year’s Day. The services run through Jan. I.
By DONNA COLTER
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
The early success of the after-school program sponsored by the YMCA of Comal County might bring about some changes for the program.
Ginny Eanes, program director of the YMCA of Comal County, said the YMCA is offering child care during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Wednesday was the first day the YMCA of Comal County offered holiday child care services for parents in the county. From 7:30 arn to 6 pm Wednesday to Memorial Elementary, parents were able to leave their children in bcenaed child care for $15. The
The $15 charge will cover field trip activities the children mend, but parents mutt send sack lunches with their children. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided.
Holiday child ewe is not the only change coming about for die YMCA
exploring the possibility of expanding to another site. s
Memorial Primary, one of three program sites, has 12 students enrolled in die after-school program at Memorial Elementary, and Eanes said if 20 students from Memorial Primary enroll at
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Gtvo to tho CHoor Fund
The New Braunfels Herald-Zettung is accepting donations for its annual Christmas Cheer Fund for the needy Donations will be accepted at the Herald-Zeitung office at 707 Landa St during regular business hours Checks also can be mailed to the Heraid-Zeitung. Please make checks payable to the Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund.
Let your holidays be merry — Page 8A