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December 11, 1988

The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise from Seguin, Texas · Page 2

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Page 2A - Sunday, December 11.1088 Special delivery SEGUIN POSTMASTER ED Petter has some great news for the children of Seguin. There is now an official North Pole Express route to Santa for those Important letters this year. Located in Plaza Del Rey near McDonald's, the express is so special no stamps are needed. Santa's elves will be making regular pick-ups of letters to make sure they arrive on time. Members of the Seguin High School DEGA prepared the Letters to Santa location, which has an easy drive-up slot on the Court Street side. Shown at the location are (from left) Petter, DECA advisor Jana Darling and DECA members Jason Brown, Simon Gonzales and Andy Brieden. (Staff photo) t was apparently an ifly : Saturday mdrnln has left a 17-ycar.old ScgOiri y in stable condition 5 at the Valley Hospital. Hay Dumenil, 833 fi. Pifte St., was shot in the neck with a .22*ca* liber pistol at his home. The incident occurred shortly before 2:30 a.frt. Saturday. Texans BySUSANFAHLGREN Associated Press Writer Hundreds of Texans, many of them of Armenian descent, are rallying to send money, supplies and medical know-how toaid victims of the massive earthquake in Soviet Armenia. In San Antonio, the Armenian Orthodox Church scheduled a memorial service at 4 p.m. Saturday. The church also was accepting donations. In Dallas, a memorial service was scheduled for 6:45 a.m. Sunday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, while the American Red Cross and CARE chapters collecting monetary donations to ship through New York to Wales and to Armenian relief agencies. In addition, an Armenian Earthquake Fund was set up at Commerce Savings Association. "The number of people that have died in this tragic event ... 70,000, that's about three percent of the republic, the Soviet Republic of Armenia," said Paul Kirazian, a Dallas Armenian. "If you put in numbers for Americans, it would be like 6 million Americans dying in one day. That's a colossal tragedy for us." • • According, to DumeniUnd a Mrldi 16. were in the injured youth's ted- room when Hand picked up the pistol and was pl&yfcg with it Hand said the gun accidentally discharged, and the bullet hit Dumenll ' HB^u although they sf it doW'ap^ar to have been *' Burglars kicked in a door to gain Mr! JAM a, *$id>Me to the ,700 Awayfog mmm^miy, '•*»**»»««•«. Hand drove him to the hospital , Reported missing in the break-in where he was treated and admitted, was a videocassette recorder valued then returned to the boy's home and at $300. in 48 hours, 0 Shirinian said. "When it happens, it should be very fast." Najarian left for Armenia just after midnight .Saturday, said his wife, Mary. Biit, she said it was unlikely more doctors would be following any time soon. "They do not have tents or anything to put them (the physicians) in," Mrs. Najarian said from Los Angeles Friday. "They're really in bad shape. They have no medicines, supplies, tents ... no structures to work in. The people are on die streets and it's very cold. It's very sad.' ? In Houston, several physicians awaited word from Soviet authorities as to whether they could travel to the devastated area. Dr. Mihran Shirinian, 33, a Houston oncologist, said he contacted Dr. Vaftkes Najarian in Los Angeles to volunteer to be part of an American medical team bound for Armenia. "Apparently they have 200 names right now, mostly Armenians," said Shirinian, an Egyptian by birth and Armenia by heritage. "We haven't received the OK from the Russian government. We're waiting for them to inform us. "We have to be ready to go with- Origins go back many years Voting irregularities Cont'd. from Pg.1 A The figures include Mary, Joseph,.. tfje' infant* Je^fis y iff a"'mange'r, ;; 's6mp' shepherds, the three magi with their camels, some sheep, a cow, and a donkey. The figures are set in and aifound a simple wooden barn or stable. '•* From the very simple to the elaborate, indoors and outdoors, nativity scenes are always a special attraction 'during the blessed season. There are also different traditional practices associated with the scene. ;; The Rev. Carl McCauley of the First Presbyterian Church said the riativity symbolizes the preparing of hearts and minds for the coming of the Christ Child again in 1988. ;•; In information provided by lyjcCauley, by Harold M. Daniels, he said about five days before Christmas, the barn is set up, but remains empty. The sheep, as if grazing in the fields, and the shepherds caring for their sheep are placed nearby. During the day on Bjec. 24, the figures of Mary and Joseph with the empty crib are placed in the barn. ;"• Before the service at the church on Christmas Eve, the family gathers near the creche and a newly placed Christmas tree (lights of which have not yet been lighted). The room is darkened. In another room, the children form a procession. The opening sentences are spoken. .. The children enter carrying light- etl candles and the figure of the infant Jesus for the creche and singing a Christmas carol such as ^'Silent Night." The tree lights are then turned on for the first time. The four wreath candles (now white) and (he Christ candle are lighted. The figure of the infant Jesus is placed in jhe creche. The sheperds may then fefe placed in adoration before the baby. ;; Father John Dowling of Our Lady ol Guadalupe Catholic Church said the manger scene figures are tradi' tionally passed from generation to generation in Mexican culture. ;^~;<He>said it is tradition to plac& the. baby in the crib on Christmas Eve. He called it "acostar el nino." The family of Casimiro and Dolores Avalos of Seguin have held the tradition in their home for over 25 years. Eighty-year-old Dolores sets up the scene in her living room which takes up almost half the room. She uses two picnic tables. She then gathers Spanish moss off of oak trees which she dries and then places on the tables. She then places the figurines on the moss. On Christmas Eve the entire Avalos family and close friends kneel around the creche and pray, a rosary. Then Casimiro plays the guitar and the family sings lullabys to the baby Jesus, rocking the cradle to put Him to sleep. Adoration of the baby Jesus is also held. Each participant, on their knees, goes to the figure and kisses it. The baby Jesus figurine is held by the padrinos (Godparents). After the baby is kissed, the participant then takes a piece of candy and returns to his place. It is custom to always take the piece of candy. This is followed by the serving of refreshments. On Jan. 6, Epiphany, the whole thing is done again, this time to wake up the baby. This is the day the three kings came to visit the baby Jesus bringing Him gifts. The selected Padrinos bring a new outfit for the baby and dress him so he can welcome his guests. Also known for their elaborate Christmas nativity tradition is the family of Dr. Juan and Margarita Garcia-Perez, A huge indoor nativity scene has been part of their holiday season for 24 years. It is made up of approximately 100 figurines. All the figurines were imported from Mexico. In 1980 the tradition was threatened. A fire in the home destroyed all the pieces. The scene was : replaced just jn time .for the Cont'd. fromPg.,1 A troom at the county's new Law Enforcement Center, 2611N. Guadalupe, in preparation for its being occupied by Precinct 1 Justice of the ee-Walter :Bargfrede; never spent a Christmas without it. The tradition was carried over from Margarita's mother. • - - . The scene is not only of the infant Jesus, Joseph and Mary, but includes the three kings, shepherds, angels, a monk and the devil among 'many others. Almost the whole town of Bethlehem is depicted in this scene created with boxes, tables, paper, spray paints, real plants and rocks. Margarita has continued the tradition by giving figurines to her daughters. inees a director to serve a two-year. term on the board of the Luling j Foundation; Sagebiel said the Guada-' lupe County Program Council Com- mittee has nominated Torn Wehe, ,Tom Schoolcraft and Milton Harborth; —Approve specifications and advertising for bids on eight new patrol cars for the Sheriffs Deparrnent ^" a Wi^eM^%f-1he;_County: 5«BSSi^*6 f ^fSl^i?J^tffl'Aa'" 5lagebiel getting;'six replaHhTentcaurs pliis two for newly authorized deputies. In Houston, where there is an Armenian populatiorr of at least 2,000, at least four other physicians planned to join the excursion. Shirinian, who emigrated to the United States in 1982 to practice medicine in Chicago, said he, like many Armenian descendants here, has never been to Soviet Armenia but feels a special bond with the country. "Many Of us have never been there," said Shirinian, Who moved to Houston -in 1986. "Because of the genocide,— when theTurks massacred the Armenians ±- many' of our families left Some went to Europe and the Middle East. In my generation to maybe 10 years older, most of us were born outside the' •.country. But having heard jthe star ries arid being raised in the tradition; it made us feel very strongly about our heritage. And we have kept ouri own language. , • Navarro board to meet Monday Approval of the 1988-89 school, year goals for the Navarro Indepen-1 dent School District Board of Trus-" tees is on the agenda of the regular: meeting of the board Monday at 4 7:30 p.m. ; ^: Other action items include, approval to pay bills, approval to go out on bids for new band uniforms,, approval of a budget change,; approval of recommendations by the. Board planning committee and: approval of the annual performance report. ~,. : Adminstrator reports will be, dis? cussed and information-,.items include WfrnalicM 'tiffiS&Bff*** tax collection report. The trustees will also meet closed session for the" purpose. evaluation of the superintendent. I Erck funeral plans 0ont'd. from Pg, 1A garner, Billy Fennell, Henry Bren- i\er, Jim Barnes, John Donegan, Betty Jean Jones, Barbara Ewing, Jessie Leal, Lefty Ulbricht, Rodger , Sam Flores, Ruben "Rocky" , Jack Shanafelt, Ray Ger, Larry Moltz, Eve Hiner, Her- jnan "Tex" Schultz, Mark Williams, $enry and Kaihy Hennington, Jack Rowley, Gayle Crockard, Elroy f rxleben, Nat DeLeon, Jack Doer- Her, WiHa Traeger, Carlos Brawner, Sill Scheffel, Clarence Voss, Mike 'jjtoul/cnbcrger, Leroy polle, Ben Stein, Robert Cockrcll, Carl ^chricwer, Lucille Slubbs Darilek, George Mercer, Dan Murillo, Roy Glenewinkel, DeWitt Odom, Akin Gresham, Louis Brenner, Freddie W. Ellis Jr., W.E. Haley, Rhew L. Morrison, John Ryder, Hilmar Tschoepe, Frank Weyrich, David Angell, Earl Authier, William Burges, James Mann, J,C. Neighbors, Lawrence Smith, James Vordenbaum, Stuart WhUford, C.H. Matthies Jr., Jesse Bell, Richard Burges Jr., Ervin Fischer, Ray Morrison, Richard. Perrill, John Traeger and Fredlein Schroeder. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made IP the American Cancer Society. (Eiti^en 1012 Schriewer Continuous service to Seguin and Guadalupe County since 1888. Member Associated Press, Texas Press Association, Texas Newspaper Advertising Bureau, Audit Bureau of Circulation, Landon Associates, Inc. and Advertising Checking Bureau. —Published— The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise (USPS 468-700) is entered as second class matter at the Seguin, Texas Post Office 78155 uhded the Act of Congress of March 3,1879. Published Tuesday through Friday afternoons and Sunday morning at 1012 Schriewer in Seguin, Texas 78155 —Subscription Rates— By carrier and mail delivery in Guadalupe, Bexar, Caldwell, Comal, Gonzales, Hays and Wilson Counties, $34,00 for 12 months, $19,02 for six months and $10.89 for three months. 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