The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on September 20, 2002 · Page 1
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TT THE HAYS DAILYNEWS Palestinians Israel blows up buildings at Arafat's compound. PageAI Sneak attack A Royals coach is attacked by two fans at a game in Chicago. Page Bl. Friday September 20,2002 Hays, Kansas 50$ STEVEN HAUSLER / Hays Dally News Hays native Bob Schreiner, Annandale, Va., recalls details about the opera house building seen in the background. The brick facade is being removed from the building in the first phase of a restoration project. Schreiner worked for his father, a bricklayer, who was contracted to put the brick on the building in 1955. Schreiner happened to be in Hays visiting his mother when the work began on the building. Bricklayer's work comes down • ,«^>,M,*k«4A««»'j*»*W»t*i" 1 .----'--i'"oi, — .M.-.I.-•' ...:••! <,.-••••'«•- ' ••'»£•"<» •*•>-*<!•• • .••*+*..*,:. •-..» .,.,.. . - '.-. !«•.:•*•••• "'•'". v '''- -i'**' 1 '* *' . By PHYLLIS J. ZORN HAYS DAILY NEWS After 47 years, Bob Schreiner's handiwork is being undone — and it's bittersweet for him to learn about that. Schreiner, who lives in Annandale, Va., returned to Hays this week to visit his mother, Margie Schreiner. He was astounded to open a newspaper and see a photo of the brick facing being stripped from the old opera house at Ninth and Fort, revealing the original limestone. "This is amazing. I haven't seen those stones since 1955," Schreiner said. He knows the date because laying the brick facade on that building was his first bricklaying job working for his father, Jerry Schreiner, a Hays contractor for about 40 years. "I was so unhappy with Hays — they never save anything. Even though my work is coming down, I'm happy because it's coming down for the right reason," Schreiner said. The Schreiners were hired in 1955 by E.J. Dreiling to modernize the 1877 building. Dreiling wanted three of its limestone outer walls covered with bricks. The building's rear wall, on the west side, "... Even though my work is coming down, I'm happy because it's coming down for the right reason." — Bob Schreiner, former Hays resident. was left bare so the original limestone work remained visible, but the west wall was rough, without. the finishing touches the other sides had. "It was a big job — one of the tallest buildings in Hays, particularly in 1955," Schreiner said. The job presented real challenges, Schreiner said. The brickwork had to be done in such a way that the original walls and foundation were not weakened. "My father had a heck of a time figuring out how to put the brick to the stone so it was stable enough to hold," Schreiner said. The solution the elder Schreiner came up with was to drill angle irons into the limestone at 45 degree angles to tie the new brick wall to the old limestone wall. The building, then a beer and confection distributorship, had arched windows and ornate trim. Before laying the bricks, the Schreiners had to fill in entryways on the east side with block. "It was just unusual in its architecture and styling," Schreiner said of the building. In some places the bricks touch the limestone. In other places, there is a gap between the two walls. On Thursday afternoon, Schreiner went to see the building in person. "I don't see a crack in that brick wall," Schreiner said. He asked Allen Bukowski and Mike Enstrom, employees of Mid- Continental Restoration, Fort Scott, if they were having a-difficult time removing the bricks, and if they'd run into any angle iron. They said yes. Schreiner was satisfied to hear that. He told the men he'd laid the portion of the wall they were working on. Bukowski reached into a bucket and held up an old beer can, opened on two sides of the top with a can opener. "I didn't drink that beer, though," Schreiner said — although later he said that could have been his can. Because it was Schreiner's first bricklaying job, his father didn't allow him to lay any brick over the first floor of the building. He let him lay brick when the scaffolding was high enough any mistakes wouldn't be seen from the street. "I'm very proud that it lasted 50 years. I'm happy to see them work so hard. It was well-made, I think," Schreiner said. The most ironic part of Schreiner's visit to Hays as the brick was being removed, though, is that he wrote about putting the brick on the building in a family history book he's in the process of completing. The history book, which he hopes to finish by January, has strong elements of the history of Hays along with the history of the Schreiner family "I'm going.to have to add something to the book now," Schreiner said. Schreiner left Hays in 1962 after completing college at Fort Hays State University. He spent his career with the Central Intelligence Agency and retired in 1996, having risen to an adminis trative position in the agency , He still does bricklaying and stonework for pleasure, noting that the skill his father taught him has served him well. He also plays baseball, tennis and golf and travels.extensively with his wife, Beth. Video system could prevent traffic mixups By JEREMY SHAPIRO HAYS DAILY NEWS Confusion about Vine Street stoplights at the intersections of 32nd and 33rd streets have sparked a possible new direction for stoplight patterns utilizing a video detection system. Motorists unfamiliar with the intersections occasionally have trouble seeing the second stoplight. As a result, one of the stoplights is covered up while the city decides the best approach to complete the Vine Street project between 27th and Interstate 70. The original plan was to use incandescent lights and pavement sensors. The city hired a consultant from APAC to design a more efficient system that would eliminate confusion. That recommendation was using LED lights and video detection. Cost for the video system would be $46,725, considerably less expensive than previous video system estimates. "The video controls which would be put it are the most inexpensive and most up-to-date," said Randy Gustafson, city manager. Elden Hammerschmidt, public works director, brought the issue to the Hays City Commission dur- ing its Thursday work session. After some brief questions and comments about the video system, the commission decided to put it on the agenda for its next regular meeting. Instead of a device in the pavement triggering the stoplights, a video system would be able to more efficiently move traffic. Newer stoplights are being built using this technology. The downside is a video system is more costly then the pavement sensors, Hammerschmidt said. One new feature for traffic flow would be protected left- hand turns onto 32rd and 33rd streets. Currently, cars must wait for traffic from the opposite direction to pass before making a left turn. Until the stoplights' installation is complete, city staff can't proceed with completing portions of the sidewalks, lighting and grass seeding along the newly reconstructed Vine Street, Once the commission makes a formal decision, it could take four to five months before the project is finished. "You've done the best you can bringing it down to $46,000," said Commissioner Dick Bedard. "I feel comfortable with that." • CITY / SEE PAGE AS Area's churches see decline in numbers By MIKE CORN HAYS DAILY NEWS The number of churches and church members in northwest Kansas declined at the end of the century, a new study by a Catholic research group shows. But at least some of the numbers — self-reported by churches — are suspect. The 2000 Religious Congregations and Membership study found that northwest Kansas lost 15 churches between 1990 and 2000. In the same 20 counties that make up northwest Kansas, the churches remaining also lost 15,049 adherents. Ellis County showed the biggest loss, with 5,876 no longer affiliated with a particular faith. But those numbers likely are suspect because seven churches' members apparently were lumped together with churches from other counties. The study was conducted by the Glenmary Research Center in Nashville, Tenn., a Catholic research and.social service organization. It originally was scheduled to be released today, but media reports resulted in the study's findings being released earlier than expected. The numbers came as a surprise to Bishop George Fitzsimons, who said he was unfamiliar with the group that did the analysis or how they got the numbers. "I don't know what particular criteria they used," Fitzsimons said in a telephone interview Thursday. The numbers, according to Glenmary researched Clifford Grammich, came from the Salina Diocese office, where Fitzsimons is based. Grammich provided copies of faxes he received from the diocese's director of planning, which were the basis for the study. • CHURCHES / SEE PAGE AS • For national figures, see page AS. Bush tries to swing Russia behind U.S. By JIM ABRAMS ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — As Congress promised a quick vote on using military force against Iraq, President Bush today pressed a campaign to swing Russia behind the tough American stance against President Saddam Hussein. Bush met at the White House with Russia's foreign and defense ministers amid indications there might be room for compromise. Defense Minister Sergei Ivanpv was quoted by the ITAR- Tass news agency as saying Russia's position would depend on the information the Bush administration provides about Baghdad's possession of weapons of mass destruction. However, Russia held to its view that an Iraqi offer to readmit weapons inspectors should be accepted. Information on Iraq's weapons programs could be confirmed or disproved only "on the spot," Ivanov said. Emerging from the meeting, the defense minister and Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov reported no progress in closing the divide between the United States and Russia. However, they said both nations want Iraq to comply with U.N. resolutions regarding weapons of mass destruction. • IRAQ / SEE; PAGE A8 • For more on Iraq, see page B8. STATE FAIR POLL: GET ALLIES' SUPPORT By SARAH KESSINGER HARRIS NEWS SERVICE TOPEKA—Get allied support before striking Iraq. That's what the majority of respon; i dents said in a straw poll taken recently at the Kansas State Fair. ' ', They also favored Kathleen Sebelius for governor, were lukewarm to a national holiday marking Sept 11 and staunchly supported "under God", remaining in the Pledge of Allegiance, 3 , Secretary of State, Ron Thornburghfa Republican, annually conducts the unscientific <• ^ poll at the fair }n Hutchinson and later trum-" pets results in a press release.' ; , But this year there was no^ress release.>Re-, , suits were quietly.placed onthe state's Web site>j -\ Democrats questioned why Thursday,'figuring' it was because Sebelius topped ,GOP > , candidate Tim Shallenburger-in the poll,on* the governor's race, ' '','">" '"' ' Asked their choice for goyernor, 6W(re- ' si»onden|s chose Insurance Commissioner Se^v ; • b'elius.'/inother^50 weritfor RepuDiiqan^si- >fi lenburger,'whols state'treas$ro\r ^,'' {,,', &] '** • • POII, / SEE PAGE As , L "' ''">".' ;• •', '' 7"' '•' Sunflowers, but no sun .... v ... — — _ w »,» , "wy^ MOT If If^flB A sunflower looks for its namesake on a cloudy, overcast Thursday afternoon', near Hays north of Interstate 70, A cold front moved through Wednesday night, bringing c6o(,vyeather to the'area. Mondav is the first dav of autumn.' ' • '.",'.>''" ; to the'area. Monday is the first day of autumn, 3 sections, 40 pages To subscribe call (785) 628-1081 2 or (800) 657-6017 Inside today Kansas ......A3 Outdoors A12 .Faith.... A5 Sports Bl Opinion...........-A6 .Classifieds B4 Obituaries i..A8 Comics,..,.. B7 Local forecast Tonight clear. Low in the mid 40s. .Variable winds 5 to 3.0 mph. Saturday mostly sunny, High in the upper 70s. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph: Saturday night mostly clear, Low In the upper 40s. Sunday sunny. High in the mid 60s. Weather map, page A2. 1 HDN Online Rnd us on the Internet at other sites and services.'

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