The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 22, 1998 · Page 6
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 6

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, May 22, 1998
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FRIDAY, MAY 22. 1998 GREAT PLAINS THE SALINA JOURNAL i 3* V PARKS Parks anticipate crowds, improvements Legislature approved money for projects to spruce up state parks By CHAD HAYWORTH The Salina Journal Don't expect Kanopolis State Park manager Rick Martin to shed any tears when the shower- house near Langley Point is gutted next year after a new one is built to replace it later this summer. "Kanopolis is the oldest state park, and that is one of the oldest facilities built out here," Martin said. "We constantly have flush valves that stick, electrical problems, trouble with the sinks and toilets. That building has outlived its usefulness as a shower- house." On the eve of the start of camping season, area park managers said they look forward to seeing parts of a statewide $10 million parks improvement project started later this summer. Much of the work in the first year of the three-year project will involve replacing crumbling and outdated showerhouses found throughout the state park system. Earlier this year, the Legislature approved funding for the project as part of a budget proposal, after Gov. Bill Graves complained that the improvement program had been overlooked earlier in the session. Bill Porter, a state Wildlife and Parks regional supervisor based in Wichita, said bids on most of the first-year projects will open shortly after the funding becomes available July 1. He's hopeful that some of the buildings — estimated to cost in the $135,000 range each — will be finished this fall. "We will keep the existing fa- DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Aaron Jorns of Jorns Construction, Pratt, wipes mortar from split-face concrete blocks as the walls near completion on a pit toilet at Eagle Point Campground in Kanopolis State Park. Six new pit toilets are being built at Kanapolis this summer. cilities open during the construction so that we will interfere with the park's users as little as possible," he said. Currently, parks either dig latrine-style vault toilets or use portable toilets to provide enough bathrooms. In the second year of the project, Milford Lake will get a new beach area — something it hasn't had since 1992, park manager Tom Silovsky said. "We have some nice sandy areas that work pretty well, but it will be nice to have the beach again," he said. Brian Montague, park manager at Wilson Lake, said in addition to a new showerhouse, work should start later this summer on refurbishing most of the park's five campgrounds. The electrical system will be updated on the 125 sites, and primitive camping areas will get some attention, too, he said. The parks were starting to fill Thursday, as the rush for prime spots heated up. "By the time this story gets out, I expect most of the electrical spots will be taken," he said. "We'll run 100 percent full on them all weekend and probably about 50 to 60 percent full in the primitive camping areas." Martin said thousands will visit Kanopolis this weekend. "This is really the first hurrah for the campers, boaters, bicyclists, hikers and whoever else," he said. "If the weather holds, we expect a busy weekend." BONDY ..T MEMORIAL DAY Kansas D-Day veterans to receive recognition Congressman Moran will be host to first public ceremony .honoring many of the veterans ;By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING The Salina Journal \ ABILENE — Roland Geyer will be in Abilene Monday with his wife and two children ;' ^and their families. Donald Lane and Eu•'- "gene Kelly also plan to be at the Eisenhow- 'er Center. '.r They will be part of "A Grateful Nation "•Remembers," a recognition of veterans -•from the First Congressional District of . ,«Kansas who participated in the invasion of "-.Normandy during World War II. Gen. ".^JDwight D. Eisenhower, who later would ^ : serve as president of the United States dur- *''ing the 1950s, signaled the start of the inva- ^sion June 6,1944. Almost 800 guests, including about 150 veterans, are expected for the 10 a.m. ceremony with U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, as host. - He will be joined by Dan Holt, center director; M. Stephane Catta, deputy French ;>T SALINA PARKS AND RECREATION consul; and representatives of the Kansas American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars chapters and the U.S. Armed Forces. D-Day veterans will receive a certificate and two commemorative pins made in America and authorized by the French government, which used the 50th anniversary of the invasion in 1994 to recognize those who participated in the eventual liberation of the European nation. A telephone call to the French consul in Chicago more than a year ago from Moran's office led to the Memorial Day ceremony in Abilene. "There is no group of people in this country that I have more respect for than the people who served in the military, especially in combat," Moran said during a telephone interview Thursday. "I really look at this as honoring all veterans of all wars." First honor for many For many of the Normandy veterans, this will be the first time they have been recognized publicly. Don Lane of Salina, who served in the Army, arrived at Normandy three days af- "I really look at this as honoring all veterans of all wars." U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran ter the initial invasion. His infantry division went on to fight in five European battles before he returned to his hometown of Tescott to worlt for a cheese plant that is no longer in business. Lane was offered the Purple Heart after he and four of his fellow soldiers received scrapes and bruises from the rugged terrain. He and three others refused because they didn't think their injuries warranted a medal. "I was surprised there were that many people in this district who were at Normandy," Lane said. "A lot of us boys are getting old. I'm 77, and I was a kid just out of high school." Roland Geyer, also of Salina, also was in the infantry. He landed on Utah Beach the afternoon of June 6. "We headed for shelter right quick trying to get away from the bombardment," he remembered. "I came through in fine shape." Like Lane, Geyer fought in five major European battles. He received two bronze medals and other citations. After the war, he returned to his hometown of Sylvan Grove, where he worked as an auto mechanic. He moved to Salina in 1980. Eugene Kelly of Courtland was 18 years old and a recent graduate of Jamestown High School when he volunteered for the Navy in 1943. During his World War II service, Kelly's unit participated in three invasions — Normandy, Southern France and Okinawa. About Normandy, "We were in a small boat crew that took soldiers and equipment to shore. We did it several times. We didn't have much cover. But I was lucky. I wasn't wounded." Kelly returned to north-central Kansas to farm. As he looks back on his war experiences, he thinks of a remark made by another veteran, "I wouldn't take a million dollars for the memories, and I wouldn't take a million dollars to do it again." V SALINA PARKS Diamonds may honor enthusiast Sunset Park fields may be named for man who encouraged all players By CRISTINA JANNEY The Salina Journal The baseball diamonds at Sunset Park might be named to honor a Salinan who made a point to encourage even the least talented of young athletes. Salina Parks and Recreation Advisory Board recommended Wednesday the diamonds at 700 W. Sunset be named for the late Earl Bondy, an active youth athletics volunteer. Bondy died in 1990 at the age of 73. Larry Britegam, a longtime friend of Bondy, and Harold Bechard, Salina Journal senior sports writer, wrote letters to the commission requesting that the fields be named for Bondy. Bondy, a retired Soil Conservation Service agronomist, organized the Salina Babe Ruth League in 1971, the senior division of which still is active. He was a sponsor and coach for YMCA sports and volunteered his time to the Sacred Heart High School athletics programs. His own lackluster performance in athletics in his youth led him to pay special attention to youths with lesser talents and even organize post-season tournaments for them. "When I was a boy, I played on a little rural team that would play two or three games a year," he said in a 1979 Journal story. "But I wasn't very good. I guess that's why I have a little different feeling for the boy who can't play quite as well as the others. I like to give all of the boys an opportunity to play." Steve Snyder, parks and recreation director, said he thought naming the diamonds for Bondy was appropriate because of Bondy's longtime commitment to youth athletics. There will be a 60-day waiting period on the name to allow for public comment. It then will go before the Salina City Commission for final approval. WORLD WIDE j WINDOWS, INC. ( RENACEMENT WINDOWS MADE IN SAUNA Where windows are our business, not just a side line. FREE ESTIMATES 826-1701 I 1-8OO-783-1711 i 736 N. 9th, Salina >i "i Recreation program enrollment is June 3 BILLS 'ATTENTION* Homeowners • CONSOLIDATE .Numbering system .'aims to reduce chaos .of sign-up process 'By DAVID CLOUSTON ~ The Salina Journal '•,., , Summer's approaching, and • • -you're thinking about getting the 1 -kids into swimming lessons, or i • maybe junior golf. Or maybe art I ' 'classes. ;. ( \ Be warned: Many other Salina parents are thinking just like you, • 'and the annual sign-up for sum; mer activities offered by the Sali; na Parks and Recreation Depart- : .rnent is an event many make spe- ,' cial preparations to attend. #J •;. "It's got all the feel of a mini-lot- Vf, ftery anymore," said Randi Clif- JjJ, .ford, recreation superintendent. "But what we're really trying to accomplish there is to give everyone an equal opportunity." Here's the drill for the June 3 event: The doors of the Bicentennial Center arena will open at 4 p.m., two hours before sign-up begins, and parks and recreation staff members will distribute numbered enrollment forms. The forms are meant to avoid stampedes when the enrollment begins at 6 p.m. Parents are admitted to the enrollment area sequentially, based on the number of their form. They enter in groups of 100. Clifford said there is usually a line for the numbered forms that begins forming three to four hours in advance. "Once we hand out the forms, we allow them to get five per per- f^'T MICROSOFT son so they can pick one up for a friend or a neighbor," Clifford said. Placement in all classes is on a first-come, first-served basis. But that doesn't mean that someone with a higher-numbered enrollment form won't have a chance at enrolling their children in the activities they want. "What's going to happen with those in the zero to 100 group is they're going to take the first program of their choice, but there are others coming in right behind them," Clifford said. In Clifford's view the "big five" programs that are always in high demand are swimming lessons, golf, tennis, classes through the Salina Art Center and nature classes at Lakewood Lodge. Some programs, such as swimming lessons, have limited enrollments because the department is at the mercy of the number of instructors that can be hired, he said. Parents can sign up for all the activities they desire on the enrollment form and write one check for fees. "It confirms all the activities and the days and times. That part of it works out pretty well," he said. A guide describing all the summer activities offered by the parks and recreation department is mailed to all Salina residents. A copy of the guide also is available at the parks and recreation office in Room 100 of the City-County Building. Enrollments for summer programs also will be accepted in the office starting June 4. FREE Quotes CALL JEFF WELLS 1528 E. 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