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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 22, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAYHummel Museum searching for new director - P. JUS COUNTDOWN: 507 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21, 1995 New Braunfels 10 Pages in one section ■ July 22,1993INSIDE Weather...............2 Water Watch..........2 Opinion...............4 Cuisine................8 Comics...............10STAMMTISCHBirthday wishes! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Claudia Bran-denburg, Loriann Silva, Gina Espinosa (belated).Broadway Express gala set tonight The Broadway Express din-ner-theatre gala will be held tonight at the NB Civic Center. Tickets are available at the Archives, 200 N. Seguin, 629-1900, and from Jean Wilson, Beltone, 389 S. Seguin, 620-1114 or 625-7922. Reserved tables are available (tables seat IO). Deadline for purchasing tickets is noon, July 19. This event is a benefit for the fountain restoration and is sponsored by the New Braunfels Historic Museums Association.Comal County ACS planning big gala The American Cancer Society is planning their Summer Starlight Gala, scheduled for Aug. 13 and reservations are now being accepted. Monies raised from the event will be used to assist cancer patients in Comal County. For more information, call 629-5717.Now Braunfels Parks courses The Parks and Recreation Department will be offering canoeing courses this summer. Session II runs July 31 and Aug I. Pre-registration is required and will be taken at the parks office. For more information call 629-PARK.Rivercrest Night Out slated Aug. 3 The Rivercrest Heights Neighborhood Association will celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 3 with a meeting at Rivercrest Park. Decorations should be in place by 6 p.m. for judging. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. with a special visit from Toby Tuber." Everyone should bring a lawnchair to share the fun and good times.Texas Tech send off scheduled Aug. I The annual hamburger cookout, hosted by the Comal County Chapter of the Texas Tech Ex-Student Association, will be held in honor of all freshmen attending Texas Tech. All family and friends are invited to attend Sunday, Aug. I at the Riverwalk on the Wurst-fest grounds. Social begins at 5 p.m. with the meal and program beginning at 6:30 p.m. The cost is SS for adults and S2.50 for children under 12. Proceeds go to the scholarship fund. RS VP by calling 629-2163 (Mike Doherty) or 625-7551 (work) or Peggy Morris at 625-9638. Stammtisch (The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community. "Stammtisch" represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you to share with us.)Herald -Zeitu Ag 93    Serving    Comal    County    ■    Home    of    PEGGY    MORRIS    . Vol. 141. No. 174 Printed on recycled paper <* I ‘The hand that created you can also uncreate you’ By MARK LYON Managing Editor Herald-Zeitung photo by MARK LYON Rep. Edmund Kuempel (r-Seguin) told WORD board members Wednesday night "We're not going to solve problems fighting amongst ourselves." SATTLER - State Representative Edmund Kuempel (R-Seguin) told Water Oriented Recreation District (WORD) board members Wednesday night that if things don't improve within two years, the agency may cease to exist. Kuempel, who authored the bill in the state legislature which brought WORD into existence over five years ago, said in an open discussion "I've always believed that the best government is local government. We give you that option and it doesn't happen. If everyone is going to fight, WORD will just go away. This is a legislative nightmare. We're not going to solve problems fighting amongst ourselves." Kuemplel said that a two year plan should be in place to improve the operations and effectiveness of WORD. "In two years, we can do it," he said. "In two years, you better do it. The hand that created you can also uncreate Kuempel issues ultimatum to WORD board members you. An audience of approximately 30 to 40, inducting County Judge Carter Casteel, candidate for county judge Ted Key, members of Friends For Rivers, as well as numerous outfitter owners and managers gathered at the meeting and began what turned out to be an open forum discussion with WORD board members. Several people spoke out on issues facing the Guadalupe River and WORD, many times directing complaints, heated at times, at board members. Several members of Friends For Rivers expressed concern for the amount of trash along the river, the amount of alcohol and the behavior of those on the river who have overindulged. Several others commended WORD for providing trash dumpsters, barrels, bags, and their hard work. "I've been on the board for a year and a half," said board member Nathan Oxhandler. "I made a committment to be on this board for two years. Tm trying hard to work with you. There are at least 23 trash cans and at least four dumpsters that WORD put out there." County Judge Casteel said that she felt the river was relatively clean, based on her observations while on the river July 3 with County Sheriff Jack Bremer. "I thought the river was clean," she said. There were a lot of families. I had a very pleasant float. The chute may get a lot of litter though. Tm concerned about the trash cans. These need to be increased and kept emptied. But I'm tired of outfitter bashing and Tm tired of WORD bashing." Recently announced county judge candidate Ted Key echoed Casteel's last statement. Tm tired of WORD bashing too," he said. "I'm also tired of promises not fulfilled. It was promised that we would receive permanent restroom facilities, and we don't have them. Schlitteibahn, according to a recent Herald-Zeitung article, employs 73 students who collect trash, 49 of those are under 16. And then I'm told that WORD is afraid of the liabilities involved. I don't know why Schlitterbahn can do it and we can't. Tm tired of excuses. I want to see people out cleaning the river." Several ideas on how to improve the condition of the river were exchanged, including possible legislation calling for a deposit tax on cans and bottles and also a bill that would prohibit glass on all rivers, lakes and streams. However when asked, Kuempel said that he was not in support of those measures and questioned their effectiveness. Bremer requests his own format for Aug. 5 public hearing date Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Three-vehicle accident A three-vehicle accident took place at 10 a.m. yesterday at the Intersection of Highway 46 south and Alues Lane. A Schwan's food service truck driven by James Cfi ss was struck from behind while turning right on Alues by a White Swan food service truck driven by Jan Gerald which forced the Schwan's truck to turn over onto a pickup truck driven by Egon Schrlewer (left In photo) of New Braunfels. Only minor Injuries were reported. Local United Way launches new campaign Wednesday evening By DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher United Way of Comal directors Wednesday evening were poised for the launch of the 1993-94 campaign. "We’re right on schedule," Campaign Chairman Doug Miller told the group. "I’m real optimistic about this year” The first element of the campaign, the letters that are the principal tool of the Advance Gifts drive, will go into the mail Monday, according to Don Maxwell, who chairs that drive. Maxwell distributed sample envelopes to the directors. Those envelopes contained letters, a campaign brochure, and pledge cards. The goal of the 1993-94 campaign is $260,000. Contributions will benefit 28 different agencies. Goals set for the individual drives within the campaign, according to a chart distributed at the meeting by Miller, include: Advance Gifts, $25,000; Industrial, $120,000; Small Business/Service, $10,000; Small Business/Retail, $12,000; Small Business/Professional, $8,500; Public Schools, $25,000; Government, $20,000; Financial Institutions, $15,000; Religious, $2,500; Small Business/Bulvcrde, Canyon Lake, $5,000; and Individuals, $30,000. In addition to Maxwell, the people heading those drives are: Industrial, Judy Waring and Andy Allen; Small Business/Service, Dick Koegle and John Payne; Small Business/Retail, Bob Schima, Johnny Rodriguez and Dennis Clarkson, Small Business/Professional, Mike Dougherty; Public Schools, Mike Fitsko and Rusty Brockman; Government, Neil Craigmile and Hector Tamayo; Financial Institutions, Carol Gravis and Barry Williams; Religious, Ken Peters; and Small Busine ss/Bul verde and Canyon Lake, Jane Wood. Miller noted that the total of the drives exceeds the goal set for the campaign and explained that is because some of the drives overlap with a contributor, for instance, in the Advance Gifts drive also appearing as a contributor as his or her place of business. The Wednesday meeting also included reports from leaders of the various By JENNIFER ROMPEL Blaff Writ* A public hearing has been set for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 in order to allow District 2 City Councilman Dan Bremer the opportunity to address allegations made against him by petitioners from his district. The city council met in a special session Wednesday to set the hearing. The hearing will be held in the Municipal Building, Meeting Room D. The council was presented with a petition last week requesting an election be called to consider the recall of Bremer. The city charter states that Bremer is entitled to hold a public hearing. Also discussed at the meeting was a public hearing format proposed by Bremer. The council opted not to take any action on the matter since several council members said they did not believe it was within the council’s rights to set a format for the hearing. City Attorney Barry Moore said it was up to the council to decide whether or not the guidelines could be approved. Moore added the purpose of the hearing is to allow the affected council member the full opportunity to pre- ■ See list of Bremers gukJe-lines, Page 2_ sent his information and give the affected council member a chance to respond. During the meeting, Bremer said he thought the proposed guidelines will allow him a fair opportunity to respond to the allegations. He also said that no guidelines for the hearing were spelled out in the charter. ‘This is my only opportunity to defend myself against those allegations. . . It’s my chance, although it can affect nothing, to present my side,” he said. However, council members and some members af the audience did not agree with the proposed guidelines. New Braunfels resident Mary Serold, said she would not follow the guidelines. "We did our part with the petition It’s stated in the petition what ifs all about. It’s not up to the citizens to come forward and reestablish it," she said. Bremer said he set the format as an effort to allow himself and the voters to opportunity to speak. He added it is not intended to be a political rally for anybody. Megafoods buys out area Kroger stores Don Maxwell drives and from other campaign leaders. Dennis Heitkamp, who heads the campaign’s speakers bureau, said IO people have volunteered to do campaign presentations Heitkamp said the speakers bureau during last year’s campaign did 72 presentations John Payne reported that the annual Gruene MusicFest, which benefits the United Way, is set for Saturday, Oct. 9, from noon until I a m., with the kickoff VIP social the preceding night, Oct. 8, at G roe ne Hall. Payne also reported on the development of the campaign video. From Staff and Wire Reports Arizona’s Megafoods Stores Inc. says it is entering Texas’ grocery market, with plans to build five stores in San Antonio and to buy 15 others The Kroger Co. intended to close. The purchase includes the Kroger store, located on State Highway 81, in New Braunfels. Megafoods and Kroger announced Wednesday they had signed a letter of intent for Megafoods to buy the assets of the 15 Kroger stores. Megafoods’ chief executive officer, Dean Miller, put the deal’s prioe tag at around $13.5 million. Cincinnati-based Kroger said in June it would close the markets next month because union employees did not agree to the company’s request for a cost-cut ting labor contract. “We’re making a tremendous commitment of capital and resources and we will grow and prosper, and we’re very excited,’’ Miller said Many of the employees at the New Braunfels store were informed of the purchase Wednesday. As of this morning, some employees had not yet been notified The companies said the purchase is expected to be finalized in mid-August The stores will be closed for remodeling into the Megafoods "warehouse” format and will reopen in October Miller said the chain will hire 1,500 to 2,000 employees when the stores reopen. Officials st the New Braunfels store said they had not heard if Megafoods would be hiring current employees.Today’s Texas Lottery numbers - 7-4-40-2-23-34 Jackpot $3 million a * / a i ;