New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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SPORTS HIGH HONORS
District champions Smithson Valley Rangers earn top honors for their performance on the field and in class. Pogo 6A
COUPON HE'S FESTIVE
The snowman of the week at Lacks is a festive fellow, decked in winter garb. He's $2.99 this week. Pago 7A
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Sly Bush sneaks to Baghdad in night
Troops have holiday lunch with president
By Terrene* Hunt
AP White House Correspondent
BAGHDAD, Iraq — President Bush flew to Iraq under extraordinary secrecy and security Thursday to spend Thanksgiving with U.S. troops and thank them for “defending the American people from danger."
The unannounced visit brought wild cheers from battle-worn soldiers, stunned the nation and even surprised some in the president’s own family, who had been expecting him at the Thanksgiving table at his Crawford, Texas ranch.
Bush, the first U.S. president to visit iraq, promised that insurgents testing America’s commitment will not be rewarded with a U.S. retreat.
"We did not charge hundreds of miles into the heart of Iraq, pay a bitter cost of casualties, defeat a ruthless dictator and liberate 25 million people only to retreat before a band of thugs and assassins,” Bush told about 600 soldiers from the 1st Armored Division and the 82nd Airborne.
The troops had been told only that they were gathered for Thanksgiving dinner with a VIP guest in the mess hall at Baghdad International Airport.
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Turkey, sweets on the move |
By Ron Maloney
“Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Thanksgiving!”
Father Gene Ronan stood outside Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish center, shaking hands and greeting parishioners.
"Did you get anything to eat?” he asked time and again.
More than r,5tWT people — many BHV : invalids, shut-ins, hospital, police and fire staff, and convalescent home patients — were served free Thanksgiving meals in New Braunfels Thursday, prepared with months of planning and preparation by hundreds of volunteers from 26 churches, the school districts and residents.
Another several hundred got them in the Canyon Lake area, provided by veterans and volunteers.
At Our Lady of Perpetual Help, about 500 were served, both in the parish hall hnd on the road.
"I told Father Gene that I would do whatever he needed of me, and this was the first mission he gave me,” said volunteer Sam Cholico.
Our Lady began the Thanksgiving ministry three years ago, and last year threw in with the West End Community Center's massive effort.
While many were fed, the sense at Our Lady was that some of their own in their neighborhood fell through the cracks.
“A lot of people from our parish had
At the West End
volunteers served :
H 90 turkeys
H 300 lbs . of mashed potatoes
H 60 gallon cans of string beans
H They lost count of cakes and pies.
Tara Schacht, 8, offers desserts Thursday at the Westside Community Center's Thanksgiving dinner. Above, left, Raven Leader adds cranberries to
Photos by DAVID MGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
a plate as Amanda Lopez waits to add vegetables to one of the more than 400 plates served at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.
Volunteers feed hundreds for Thanksgiving
Some folks like the Texas winter and move here. They call it borne for a few months out of the year.
Grocers see lots of customers with short lists
By Ron Maloney
The Thanksgiving table's set, the guests are milling about, and there it is—or more likely, there it isn’t.
Local store managers reported Thursday that you weren’t alone.
Bill Kostan, unit director for H-E-B, reported brisk last minute Thanksgiving business —although not great receipts.
"What they're buying most seems to be last-minute or
forgotten items,” Kostan said. "We’re seeing very small orders — a lot of traffic, but not large orders.”
Kostan said dinner rolls, pies, and a few centerpieces were selling — as well as prepared turkey dinners.
“Bakery seems to be a big item today,” Kostan said. "It’s fairly busy.’’
H-E-B closed at 2 p.m. so its employees could spend time with their families.
At the Handy Andy on Luanda Street, assistant manager lames Whitehead said the
store would be open until IO p.m. — but that staff was working half shifts.
"There’s a few people stirring, but it usually starts dying out after I or 2 p.m. when the games start,” Whitehead said. “They’re buying ice, canned pumpkin, canned cranberry sauce and extra pies and rolls.”
Albertsons grocery manager James Mitchell said his store sold a palette of ice between 9:30 and ll a.m. Thursday.
"In produce, they’re asking
for celery and green onions for stuffing,” Mitchell said. "In floral, we sold a lot of flowers. In grocery, we sold soda and beer — and a lot of peanut oil.”
Mitchell said the peanut oil was for frying turkeys.
“Everybody’s out. I ran out at 10:30 a.m.,” he said.
In the meat department, he said ingredients for giblet gravy were a big mover. In the service deli, Albertsons sold a lot of pre-cooked turkeys.
“A lot of people didn’t want to cook,” Mitchell said.
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Virginia Suarez selects a few last-minute items Thursday at the Handy Andy grocery store on Landa Street. Local grocers reported high traffic of customers needing only a few items.