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The laughing, and lunging for the brass ring, which syrhbolized luck and ' a day at the amusement park, ended May 1 in Rochester after an insurance company "recommended" that the piece of Americana , could spell finan- finan- cial disaster for Sea Breeze. "It used to be that, when people fell off the merry-go-round merry-go-round merry-go-round merry-go-round merry-go-round going for the ring, they'd pick themselves up and laugh," Price said. "Now they pick themselves up and get a lawyer." The ringless carousel is more than just a disappointment for Sea Breeze customers. Only 16 merry-go-rounds merry-go-rounds merry-go-rounds merry-go-rounds merry-go-rounds in the nation still offer the novelty. Sea Breeze officials have been fighting the battle for more than a decade. The coveted brass ring used to be mixed with a stack of steel rings, and almost everyone who lunged got a ring. The only problem was that riders weren't returning the rings. "We started out one year with a ton of rings that's 2,000 pounds and didn't have one left at the end of the season," Price said. - Riders kept the lVfe-inch lVfe-inch lVfe-inch rings as souvenirs 'or threw them into the pond, on tops of buildings and through windows. Sea Breeze couldn't afford the overhead overhead from thefts and vandalism, so it did away with the steel rings and went to a machine that lowered the "brass ring on command of the ride operator. "We even had trouble with that," Price said. "Some operators would let it down so friends could grab it. So we by husband, Breeze Park operator Merrick changed the machine so that the ring came down anywhere from three to 10 seconds after the button was, pushed." " The only manufacturer of carousel rings is the Campbell Chain Co. of York, Pa. The company sold 180,000 steel rings last year but only 12 brass prize-winners. prize-winners. prize-winners. "We're not sure who buys them," said company spokesman Phyllis Burke. "Some guy named Long was our best customer, but I don't know where he was from or why he stopped buying steel rings." f' RG&E rate design By DEDE MURPHY Residential customers are getting more than their fair share of Rochester Rochester Gas & Electric Corp.'s proposed increases in gas and electricity rates, according to the Genesee Valley People's People's Power Coalition. RG&E has asked permission from the Public Service Commission to increase its electricity rates 18.2 percent. percent. But the proposal charges resi- resi- dential users about 20 percent more for electricity while boosting large commercial customers' bills about 16.4 percent, said coalition spokesman Robert Slaughter. "It really is a step backwards. Last year the rate increase was spread more evenly between residential and commercial classes," Slaughter said. "This kind of price structure exploits' the people who can resist it the least while catering to the business community." The power coalition will oppose the rate increase and has applied for a grant from the state Consumer Protection Protection Board to finance its work as intervenors for consumers. Public hearings on the increase will be held at 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, in city council chambers. RG&E's proposal is available for public public inspection at the Rochester Public Library, 115 South Ave. i said. "We're not doing it for the Price rests on ringless merry-go-round. merry-go-round. merry-go-round. merry-go-round. merry-go-round. from Sea That "some guy named Long" is George Long, the owner of Sea Breeze, considered the "grand old man of carousels" by the National Carousel Association, according to member Richard Flint of Brighton. The insurance problem isn't unique to Sea Breeze. One of the West Coast's most popular amusement parks, Magic Mountain outside Hollywood, Calif., shelved its ring machine in 1971. "We couldn't get insurance," said operations manager Joe Meek. "Some guy gets crocked, falls on his face and RG&E has proposed to charge customers customers who use between 100 and 450 kilowatts of electricity per month smallest increase within the residential residential class when new rates take effect (See chart.) However, Slaughter said the declining declining block structure which still charges less per kilowatt the more electricity is used places the largest largest share of electricity costs on the residential user. Ed Farrar, coalition member, said the group also may ask for a new rate hearing in November, when RG&E is to submit a new plan for allocating cheap power, bought from the Power Authority of the State of New York, to residential customers. Last November the commission noted that RG&E erroneously assigned the benefits of low-cost low-cost low-cost authority power to all customers instead of to the residential class alone, as mandated by federal law. The commission ordered RG&E to draft a new cost study, correcting the mistake. Farrar said giving cheaper power to residential customers alone will lower residential electric rates and should be included in the current rate increase proposal. The commission hasn't ordered RG&E to submit the revised cost plan before the new rate request hearings, a spokesman said. and offer you more money. I D&C photo by Talis Bergmanis Breeze winds up a millionaire. I don't even know how rings got started." The origin is combat training in medieval Italy, where princes tilted at the ring with lances on galloping horses, according to Frederick Fried, who is president of the carousel group and teaches at the University of Vermont. A French king substituted wooden horses. Custom changed to brass rings and substituted fingers for lances. Brass ring fanatics still can cul- cul- Turn to Page 5B 'step Amount of kWh Present Proposed 12 $ 2.55 $ 3.70 50 4.36 5.56 100 6.74 8.01 150 9.13 10.45 200 11.51 12.90 250 13.89 15.34 300 16.27 17.79 350 17.98 20.23 400 19.70 22.68 450 21.41 25.12 500 23.12 27.57 600 26.54 31.98 700 29.96 36.40 800 33.39 40.82 900 36.81 45.24 1,000 40.23 49.66 'Rates effective February 18, 1978 RG&E is proposing rate changes, that would shift large increases to residential (customers who use City at They yesterday to friends himself many "I've before Lunsford well-wishers Party revolution in a part medicine black rights presided over dinner, dance Mayor Day."' for colors "We working. they alive. "Thank his Rochester "I money," University purpose. life." patients rest at blazed He Rochester admits accepting lobbied jobs. "Don't sun cheering Bill more energy. 110 the

Clipped from Democrat and Chronicle19 Jun 1978, MonPage 9

Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York)19 Jun 1978, MonPage 9
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