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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 5, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas irlnSflrlr 25 Cents available cow Friday July 5 1991 Vol. 139. No. 164 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of Hazel C. WheelerStammtischBest wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Armando Ramirez, Janet Dickinson, Hector H. Juarez, and Becky Denmark. Belated birthday wishes to Shannon Marie Espinosa. Celebrating a birthday Saturday, Carol Johnson, Ben Castilleja, and Chelo Aguillon. Celebrating an anniversary Saturday, Stephany and James Goodbread. Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.Garage sale Remember to take those “garage-sale type items” to the old Krueger building on San Antonio Street this Saturday. The items will be sold in a big sale July 27 to benefit the Senior Citizens Foundation.Main Street seminars The New Braunfels Main Street Project will sponsor two seminars Tuesday, July 9 and July 16 at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 424 South Caste!!. Kay Howard, merchandising specialist with the Texas Main Street Center will instruct merchants on how to better display their merchandise on July 9. John Welton, advertising specialist, will offer information on how to make the most of an advertising budget on July 16. He is vice president of advertising and marketing for Our Lady of the Lake University. For more information call the Main Street office at 625-3425.Celebrate America Christian Women’s Club in New Braunfels is sponsoring a “Celebrate America" picnic Tuesday, July 9 from IO arn. to noon at the Krueger Ranch located on Farm-to-Market 1863. Cost is $2. A parade of fashions will be presented by original hats made by guests, joined by singing. For reservations call 629-0070 or 620-5217. For nursery call 620-0337.Garden Club The Comal Garden Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. July 11 at Pal’s Place on Union Street. Red Cross Red Cross volunteers are reminded to turn in money for the July 9 banquet by July 3. The ban quet begins at 6:30 p m at the Holiday Inn. Entertainment will be provided by “South Texas Sound.’ Water aerobics New Braunfels Parks and Rec re anon Department is sponsoring water aerobics classes at Lamia Park pool on Monday, Wednesday and Fnday mornings from 8-9. For more information call 625-9295 or 935-2843.Discovery series Children can learn the answers to many questions in this week’s Discovery Series at the Children's Museum in New Braunfels Registration for morning work shops are from 9-9:30 am. Tues day through Friday. Children from 6-12 years old are invited to parti cipaic in two classes each morning (Parents pick up the youngsters at noon). For more information cal 620-0939. Persons that paruci pated in the recent museum acuvi SM STAM ll TISCH, Pas* tGood Day Partly cloudy condiuons with a slight chance of rain are forecast today Hot, humid conditions, with highs in the mid 90s and winds from the southeast at IO-15 mph are forecast. Thursday’s high was 85 and the low recorded at 71. A trace of rain was reported rn New Braunfels Thursday. For more weather information, please see Page 2. Inaid# CLASSIFIED COMICS ...... CROSSWORD DEAR ABBY ENTERTAINMENT HO ROSO OPK RELIGIOUS FOCUS SPORTS.- TV USTMQS»~ . WEATHER - 9-15 S 9 • 7 Welcome Home Troops Lifting his daughter onto a float for Desert Storm veterans and their families in the Welcome Home Troops Parade on the Fourth of July is U.S Army 1st Lt. Howard Phelan. Phelan, in New Braunfels visiting relatives, is stationed at Ft. Sill. Okla. Please see related photos, Page 9. (Photos by Annalies Schlickenrieder) Fourth of July filled with fun By JANINE GREEN Managing Editor Noting that its “good to stop for a moment in our busy lives to stand together with your friends and neighbors,’’ Sophienburg Museum and Archives President Charlene Fischer Thursday morning welcomed hundreds of New Braunfels residents and their visitors to Fourth of July ceremonies on Main Plaza. “This year is special,” she said, “because we welcome home fellow New Braunfelsers who were pan of Desen Sloan operation, who continued the tradition of faithful service" to the United States and its people All veterans were honored The Sophienburg's traditional Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration on Main Plaza began about 9:30 am with the ringing of the bells atop Comal County Courthouse by Walter Faust Jr. Faust, a benefactor of the bells arid lower lights as well as the musician who has played than for community events since their installation in 197S. later was presented a dedicatory plaque by Comal County Judge Carter Casteel She praised his offerings of “time, talent and v money to enhance community life.** The invocation was voiced by the Rev Robert Koth of St. John’s Called on to dance with visitors to Fourth of July events at the Comal County Fairgrounds was Cpl Bone Wetz of the U S Marine Corps Wetz. stationed at Camp Pendleton Calif. was visiting his parents in New Braunfels on 96 hour leave Episcopal Church Music was pro vided by the Comal County Community Band, under the direction of Arten Tieken. “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America" were performed by vet: alist and voice coach Mary Beth Smith Mayor James Goodbread introduced a color guard, provided by the New Braunfels High School U.S. Mamie Corps Junior Reserve Officer Trail ling Corp*. Primary speaker for the event Sn FOURTH, F#g# t One Section, 16 PagesPair injured by shots By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer Two Houston men suffered gunshot wounds late Thursday at a newly opened bunge cord-jumping venture in the Preiss Heights subdivision near New Braunfels. Ray Bullock Jr., 41, and Ray Har-lowe, age unknown, were shot either from across the river or from along the cliff at around 11:30 p.m. in the incident of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to Comal County Chief Deputy Wayne Hoherz. At least one was struck by a 22-calibre weapon, he said. Bullock suffered wounds in the finger and abdomen, while Harlowe suffered several wounds in the chest and shoulder, Hoherz said. The two men were in satisfactory condition at McKenna Memorial Hospital this morning, a hospital spokesman said. Comal County Sheriff’s Department Detectives Carl Davis and James Emory and Deputy Ronnie Womack continue to investigate the incident, Hoherz said. Bunge Over Texas and Texas Swing, a private bunge cord-jumping enterprise on Edwards Boulevard, opened July Fourth after the prefabricated jumping boom was installed the day before, said Susie Simpson, an employee who worked during the facility's opening day and was near the scene of the shooting. Simpson, resting in a nearby tent, heard what sounded like nearby bursts (rf July Fourth fireworks. The two men were sitting at a table near the bunge-jumping platform with another man after the operation had closed at about 7 p m when they were wounded. she said. Harlowe and Bullock, owner of Bunge Over Texas, were transported u> the hospital by private vehicle after the shooting. Simpson said. More than 85 people jumped during the grand opening yesterday, Simpson said. Some nearby residents came to jump. but others seem angry about the new business, she said. Each participant jumps from the 120-foot high jumping platform, or boom, wearing a safety harness attached to the boom by between three and five long bunge cords, depending on their weight Each jumper, who must be at least 18 years old. receives mandatory safety instruction, and no drinking is permitted tm the premises, Simpson said.Week may prove one of biggest for visitor trade Between 30,000 and 40,000 visitor* are expected in New Braunfels this weekend to cap off a week expected to be one of the busiest ever for local tourism Turn Put durn. president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. on Friday also estimated the occupancy rate for hotel and motel SM WEEK ENO. Pag# 2 Inspections credited with preventing fires By MARK WARNKEN SUH Wriur The New Braunfels Fire Depart mew’s Company Inspection Program, through which firefighters inspect local businesses and industries, has helped reduce the number of tues rn commercial occupancies by 44 percent since established three years ago, officials say. The program, started in mid-1988, aims to prevent commercial fire* and to map businesses to facilitate firefighting During the program s fust two years, every city fuefighter helped inspect and map each commercial business here Each of the current 1,000 local businesses now gets inspected once a year In 1988. IO percent of structure fires in New Braunfels occurred rn ins pee table businesses, according to reports from the state fire marshal’s office The percentage dropped to 3 9 percent in 1989 and to 5 6 per eau ut 1990 Another important statistic is the drop rn total commercial, residential and other property loss due to fire, Fire Chief Phil Baker said. In 1988, the dollar lens totaled $165 million, much of which was the Dickies building on Casten Avenue Total loss in 1989 was $261,190, compared with $152,240 rn 1990 This drop in the dollar loss occurred despite the fact dial the aum ber of actual fire calls has remained steady at just over 200 annually. which means the fires the department has been responding to generally have been less serious. Baker said The Company Inspection Program was founded because the fire marshal and his inspector reached a pouu where they could not inspect each business in town annually, as recommended by the state fire marshal'! office, and sui! handle their other duties So Fire Marshal Elroy Frtesen balm and Baker decided to tap uuo the department's established manpower reserve — firefighters Training started in 1987, and the Company Inspection Program actually got under way rn nod-1988 Firefighters received special tram arg on topics ranging from fire prevcf«k*i codes, inspect ion procedures, public relations and pre fire fire fight j.g plans “We had to do a lot of attitude adjustment, both for the firefighters and the business community, Friesenhahn said "firelighter* have traditionally been the good guy* hut any time you’re in a code enforcement mode, you re not ape dally the good guy “The fire department and Ihe Nisi ness community working together enjoy this reduction in dollar loss Through saksmaruhip, persistence and by showing that we have reduced the fire lows, the inspection* arc becoming routine and people are becoming used to firefighters coming tn periodically We are finding fewer and fewer violations and hazards,” he said The two-per son teams conduct inspections when their schedules allow, typically on Wednesday mom uigs and on Thursdays and Fridays The program also results m a kit of correspondence with the bu»u»c*scs and other paperwork, Baker Mid. Some of the paperwork involves establishing or modifying the pre-fire plans after each inspection These plans give firefighters a map of each business in case of fire and notes any hazardous or flammable material* on the premise* to increase firefighters colet> and efficiency, Fnetrnhahn said Occasionally, some members of Ne business community complain about “Gestapo inspection tactics. ’ bul Ne firefighters see themselves simply as protecting the business and its employees and customers, Fncsen habit cod And although some business owner* aren t happy about spending the money needed to make recommended fire-safety improvements, Ne ftre-lighters usually are able lo convince them the benefits outweigh the costs, Fnesrnhahn said Sometimes residents call to express concern about seeing a fire truck leave Ne station unoccupied (dr several hours. Baker said But Ne firefighters — whether involved rn Ne depan mew * extensive ongoing training program, mandatory physical fitness acus tues or commercial inspection program — are ready to respond to ana gene ie* as quickly as rf they were »aiung around ut the station “The old view ut what a fireman was years ago — card playing, domino play trig and tM|i>J|g eBMlKi the sui uun smoking cigarettes — just isn t Ne way a is any more They Bt very seldom abe.” Baker said ;