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KITE KING—Jay Holmes, winner of-lost year's kite contest and this year's chief kite judge, displays a huge prize-winning kile he made himself. The kite is tied lo a motorized reel containing a mile of nylon string. Kite fliers test skills Saturday ByJlMIiKAMtiUARD. Gazelle Staff Reporter Kile fliers will lesl Ihcir skills ar.d kites in the annual Ga/cUc-Cily 'nf Gaslonin Kite Flying Contest on Crier School field Saturday aL2p.m. Trophies and prizes will go.to first and second place winners in each o[ four categories. Chief judge and kile expert Jay Holmes said original hand made kites will be favored over bought kites if Die kites fly with identical prowess. But all kites must fly before they arc judged. The tour categories arc highest flying kite, most unusual kite made from a Gaslonin Gazette, the best animal kite, and the largest kile made from a Gazette. Age divisions are 12 and under. 13-17. and over 17. Each age division will compete in each category. The ancient oriental art of kite flying which was utilized by Ben I'ranklin, praclicalized ..by Ihe Wright brothers, and en joyed by young and old alike For centuries Incomes Ihc national outdoor sport oF American youngsters each March. Jay Holme's, heading a panel oF judges for this year's contest, walked away with all honors last year. Hc'said he began making kilcs for his two young sons and became more interested in the kites than his sons were. He now has over 15 hand-made kilos, each capable of'pulling a mile of string into the air. Holmes has entered kite contests from Baltimore to Miami.. Here are some simple directions for building a flat kite. Supplies needed are strong siring, paper, two strong light-weight sticks (one 24 inches long, the other 28 inches, which may be obtained from discarded store-bought kilel, and glue. • Step 1. Mark the center of the shorlerstick and lash the longer slick lo il al lhat point,, seven inches from one end of Ihc long stick. , Step 2. Cut notches in the ends of the sticks and run a string around the stick through the notches, making a frame. Winding shorter pieces of siring around each nolcli will strengthen il. Step 3. Lay the kite frame on n big piece of paper and cut it one inch larger than the .framc.'leaving enough paper to provide a one incti "hem" over the string frame. Paste Ihe hem smoothly over the string frame. Step I. Cut a bridle string 29 inches long and lie il lo the ends of Ihe shorter cross stick. Tie Ihe two strings together where they meet. This is where Ihe long kite line is In belied. • Step 5. When the glucdries, slightly bow Ihc short slick to stretch the paper light across the frame. Tic a 21-inch string lo the ends of the short cross stick to keep Ihekilc "bowed". Step 6. Try flying Ihe kile. If il dips and dives, lie pieces of cloth to Ihe botlom for a tail. Keep adding tail unlil the kile hovers majestically. Kile clinics will be held Thursday at Phillips and Knvin Centers to teach kite construction. The 4 p.m. workshops are Free, but bring your own paper and sticks. Lincoln UyJOICLGKOVKS GazcllcStaFfRcportcr LINCOLNTON' — In a surprise move Monday 'nighl, Ihc Lincoln Counly Commissioners adopted a counlywidc building'ordinance by authorizing that a building inspector be hired lo enforce Iho slaleminimuinbuildingcodes. ' The action came unexpectedly since Ihe counly has tried unsuccessfully for -the* past year to adopt some kind of building inspection program that would be accepted by bolh builders and homeowners. ' The m'olion lo enforce (he codes, made by Commissioner Mark lioyd and seconded by Robert Linebergcr. passed unanimously wilh Ihc exception of Commissioner Elwyn Beam •who abstained. According lo stale law, an abstention is recorded as a' 'yes'' vote.- Work began on Ihe building ordinances over

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  1. The Gastonia Gazette,
  2. 20 Mar 1973, Tue,
  3. Page 19

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