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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 15, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAYUnicorn baseball player headed to Roadrunners — See Page 6. SO CENTS New Braunfels The Lands Park gazebo 2 Pages in one section ■ Thursday, June 15,1995 Herald-Z 410    MOI6 10/22/99    182 3 0 -• Ll E S T lv| IC R (!) P U B I... J. S HIN G 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO, TX 7990 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of HEATHER WILLIAMS Vol. 143, No. 154 lnsWe I Krueger escapes ambush in Burundi Obituaries.......................................2    I    ^ Obituaries.......................................2 Editorial...........................................4 Sports Day......................................6 Comics............................................8 Marketplace..............................9-12 Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Heather Williams, Dana Villarreal, George Padilla Jr. (23 years), happy belated birthday to Gordon Anderson. Happy first anniversary to Joe and Kimberly Klabunde Williams. River and aquifer information Comal River — 308 cubic feet per second, same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well — 625.96 feet, up .01. Guadalupe River — 581 cfs Concert in tho Park Country band Texas Nights will perform at the dance slab in Landa Park tonight at 7:30 p.m. as the Concert in the Park Series continues. The concert is free. Bring awn chairs. No glass containers allowed. Farmers Market every Friday Comal County farmers market is held every Friday at 5 p.m. at the county fairgrounds. Thrift shop sale all month Teen Connection Thrift Shop summer clearance sale, all items are half off during June. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Purchases support the programs of Teen Connection. The thrift shop is at 1414 W. San Antonio Street. Sheriff's Posse Rodeo June IT The Comal County Sheriffs Posse Old Timers Rodeo will be held June 17. Calf and team roping and barrel racing from 9 a m. to 5 p.m. Wagon or horse rides for the kids with ticket stub from entrance. Concession stand, and arts and crafts booths will be operating. Old Timers Rodeo, including bronco riding, at 8 p.m. New Braunfels night The San Antonio Public Broadcasting affiliate, KLRN, will hold the New Braunfels/Canyon Lake night of its fund drive June 20. Businesses in New Braunfels and Canyon Lake will be participating. The event lasts from 6 p.m. to midnight. Contact your guardian angel An Angel Fair will be held Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the El Jardin Real Ranch just west of New Braunfels off Highway 46W on Hueco Springs Loop. Sensitives will give you three messages from your angels for the admission price of $15. Snacks, swimming and music also included. The winning numbers Lotto Texet 1,5,8, 24,25, 40 S3 million jackpot SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer United States Ambassador to Burundi and New Braunfels native Bob Krueger escaped injury in an ambush directed at the Burundi military yesterday, said Acting Deputy Chief of Missions at the U.S. Embassy Gordon Duguid. “The ambassador is safe,” he said. Krueger has contacted his family, Duguid said. Krueger’s wife Kathleen and two daughters moved back to their New Braunfels home when the situation in Burundi began heating up. Krueger’s armored vehicle was ambushed along with five others in a convoy at 5 p.m. Burundi time yesterday. He, Burundi Foreign Minister Jean-Marie Ngendahayo and Organization of African Unity Ambassador L. Bassole were visiting the Cibitoke Province when they were attacked, Duguid said. Krueger’s armored vehicle was Rwanda Ma^ylVov.n<* ciVe ' .8 a Burundi is about the same size as Maryland The ambush occurred near Mabayi in Cibitoke Province. strnck by a bullet but he was unhurt, he said. Two American embassy security officers were in the convoy, but they were also unhurt, he said. Two people from the OAU were killed and eight convoy members wounded, two critically, he said. Four Burundian military personnel were wounded. The rest were OAU drivers or security officers. “The embassy people, Burundian security and OAU representatives all concur that the ambush was set for the Burundian military,” Duguid said. This was the first time bullets wert fired near or at Krueger in Burundi, Duguid said. “That does not indicate an escalation of the situation there, however,” he said. “The attack could have happened at any time. The Cibitoke Province, where Krueger’s convoy was attacked, is the most northwestern province in Burundi, Duguid said. “It is tucked between Zaire and Rwanda,” he said. Strife between the Hutu and Tutsi peoples has tom Rwanda apart and spilled over into Zaire and Burundi. Krueger is working to try and keep that strife from destroying Burundi. Krueger flew to Bujumbura this morning via presidential helicopter. He spent part of the night in the city of Kayanza, Duguid said. “You don’t want to travel the roads at night here,” Duguid said. “The long and the short of it is this is a dangerous place and this is what diplomats get paid for,” he said. “This is not, as Bob has often said, a white gloves and chandeliers assignment,” Kathleen Krueger wrote to her friends when she and their children were living in Burundi with Krueger, “but a post which requires the most deft of negotiators and which, when the diplomacy is successful, is a post where thousands of lives can be saved. No position that Bob has ever held has been more meaningful or satisfying.” Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Dave Rider and Tim Toomey unload their overweight truck yesterday. Waste hauler protests DPS enforcement Toomey Sanitation refused to move truck after being stopped Saturday By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Timothy J. Toomey of Toomey Sanitation was fed up with the Texas Department of Public Safety and truck weight laws — so he talked trash. He refused to move his trash disposal truck or the refuse it held from the spot where a DPS officer pulled the truck over last Saturday for being overweight. ‘I’ve been ticketed five times since April. — Tim Toomey .-TEXAS- LOTTERY "He was stopped by one of our troopers and he was weighed and he was overweight 2,100 pounds,” DPS Sergeant Wayne Guenther said. DPS ordered Toomey to unload the extra weight and move the truck by noon yesterday, Toomey said. Toomey and one of his workers hand tossed trash from the overloaded truck to another yesterday as city officials and local and San Antonio media watched, “lf anything hits the ground, you will be cited,” City Manager Mike Shands said. Toomey’s truck has been parked in a turnaround in the field next to the Executive Plaza Office Building since Saturday. The field is private property and dumping a load of garbage there would have been illegal without the owner’s permission. “I’ve been ticketed five times since Mlf anything hits the ground, you will be cited,” City Manager Mike Shantis tells the waste hauler. April and stopped about 15 times,” Toomey said. DPS unfairly targets small commercial trash haulers, leaving municipal garbage trucks and big companies alone, Toomey claimed. “We see Mission, Alamo and Toomey pulled over all the time,” he said. “We check all the trucks for weights,” Guenther said. “That’s one of our basic responsibilities.” DPS officers have pulled over city trucks and cited them for weight violations, Shands said. “They made a believer out of us,” he said. The city has bought double axle trucks and cut loads in half to comply with weight laws, he said. “We’re doing it, and it’s costing us money,” Shands said. State truck weight laws are unfair, United Way to distribute $261,750 By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Several local organizations will receive a boost in funding thanks to the generosity of local citizens and the United Way of Comal County, which released a list of allocations granting 29 local organizations funding for the 1995-96 year. The United Way of Comal County is a division of the United Way of America and offers funding for organizations and charities offering services to people in Comal County. The funds given to the local organizations are funds that were raised locally. “The money that’s raised here in Comal County stays here in Comal County. Lpcal people receive the benefits of local donations,” said Joseph Worl, Executive Director for United Way of Comal County. A total of 33 organizations applied for funding, of which 29 actually received the $261,750 in funding. Four did not. However, one withdrew their application and some raised funds on its own. “We never turn many down,” said Worl. The organizations receiving funding provide service to a variety of clients. These organizations include women and children’s shelters, public libraries, senior citizens foundations, agricultural programs, literacy programs, crisis lines, and the boy and girl scouts. These groups were representative of the entire county and all areas received funding for programs helping their citizens, said Worl. “It’s Comal County, but it’s the county as a whole. They’re all important to us and we fund agencies in all the areas of it,” he said. The United Way of Comal County allocated $2,300 for United Way of Amenca and $950 for United Way of Texas. Groups wanting to receive support should submit their request for the funds to the Allocation Committee in Apnl. Each request should include the purpose of the organization and the types of services rendered, a copy of the proposed budget, and documentation from the Internal Revenue Service stating it is a non-profit organization. Each agency is given the opportunity to appear before the board to explain the purpose of the organization and to answer questions. The committee reviews the requests, deteimines eligibility and makes a recommendation to the board. Individuals wanting information or wanting to make a donation to United Way can call (210) 620-7760. Toomey said, another reason for his protest. Poultry and livestock haulers aren’t subject to the same laws, he said. “It’s unfair to stop certain trucks all the time and leave the rest of the highway alone,” he said. “The law needs to be changed.” “There are certain things over the years that special interest groups have gotten exempted,” Guenther said. DPS troopers didn’t make the laws, but it has to enforce them, he said. Toomey did get the trash transferred and the truck moved by about I p.m. yesterday, with not a morsel spilled. “That’s the way he’s supposed to do it if he’s going to do it,” Shands said. “They could have done that Saturday without all the fanfare,” Guenther said. Neffendorf ready for challenge as new parks and rec director Neffendorf will supervise 20 to 23 full-time permanent parks employees and a few part-time permanent employees. In the summer the number swells with about 50 or more seasonal spots, Neffendorf said. Neffendorf s talent was New Braunfels bom and Texas raised. “Believe it or not, I am a New Years baby bom here,” she said. She lived in New Braunfels through the sixth grade, then moved to Bastrop with her family when the Lower Colorado River Authority plant closed. That’s where she graduated from high school, Neffendorf said. “My bachelor of science is from Southwest Texas State University in recreation administration with a business minor. I got my masters of science from Texas A&M in recreation resource development with outdoor education certification from the Physical Education Department.” “I’m a really fortunate person to study in the recreation field and work in my field and in my hometown,” Neffendorf said. Her new job won’t be the only new thing in Neffendorf s life this year. She and her husband, Rick, are expecting a baby. By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer New Braunfels’ new Parks and Recreation Director Iris Neffendorf hit the ground running yesterday. That was the day she accepted the position and it was her first day on the job. “The job starts effective today," Neffendorf said. “It’s a little crazy.” An eight-year veteran of the Parks and Recreation Department, Neffendorf moves into the director position from her job as Park Ranger Superintendent. “At the position I held, there was not much more growth potential career-wise,” she said — except to become parks director. “Ours is a very well-known department and has a very good reputation in the state, and I want to keep that,” Neffendorf said. She hopes to widen the financial support of the department to provide better service. “I would like to see that our parks are made so that all families in the community will have access to use them,” Neffendorf said. The parks department could offer a wider range of programs to area residents with more financial support, she said. Nestea iced tea has no ice in it, and just what does ‘mountain    ’    mean?    See    Page    4. ;