Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on March 11, 1976 · Page 8
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 8

Carroll, Iowa
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Thursday, March 11, 1976
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Potential Homeowners Are Being Priced Out of Market FUNNY BUSINESS By Roger Bollen By John Cunniff AP Business Analyst NEW YORK (AP) — More than 60 per cent of all American households own their homes, but that level is in danger, despite a gradual improvement in the outlook for the industry. Last year the number of housing starts totaled about 1.1 million. This year the number is expected to grow to 1.5 million or 1.6 million — possibly more, but still hundreds of thousands below the need. Good housing, sociologists agree, is a requirement of a sound society. Without it, a variety of other social ills manifest themselves, always in financially wasteful ways. What in the world has happened to housing? As described by John C. Hart, it would seem that society has somehow declared war against homeowners, which in a nation of homeowners is a form of fraticide. Hart, president of the Timei Herald, Carroll, la. Thursday, March 11, 1976 8 National Association of Home Builders, said in a statement this week that taxes and inflation have increased maintenance costs 303 per cent in the past 20 years, pricing 80 per cent of potential homebuyers out of the market. From 1955 to 1975, he said, real estate taxes have soared 341 per cent, insurance 321 per cent, maintenance and repairs 269 per cent, utilities 199 per cent and mortgage interest from 4,8 per cent to 9 per cent. At the very time earnings actually decreased, in terms of spending power, the prices of new and existing housing soared. In 1965, only 3 per cent of new single-family homes cost more than $40,000; now that's a typical price. Not all of this has been caused by inflation, unless you include in that definition the inflated dreams of many builders and homebuyers. A If You Need A Building . . . • Commercial • Industrial • Farm You'll Be Pleasantly Surprised When You Get A Price or a Plan BAUMHOVER Virt I. Baumhover CONSTRUCTION CO. Phone 792-9831 Shop 792- few facts from the "Savings and Loan Fact Book" shows what happened between 1966 and 1973: "The average floor space of a new home increased by 8.1 per cent. "The percentage of new homes having two or more stories rose from 18 per cent to 23 percent. "The percentage of homes with two or more bathrooms increased from 50 per cent to do per cent. "The percentage of new homes having central air conditioning grew from 25 per cent to 49 per cent." Those trends are correctible. Many , home-seekers and builders 'have lowered their sights; they are cutting out the frills and shrinking prices a bit without, they say, reducing the basic quality of the product. Those efforts often are hampered, however, by another holdover from another day: Restrictive zoning and building codes seek to maintain standards that some critics say is unrealistic. They prevent a return of the basic house. Other critics say the tax system must be changed. Meanwhile, the thrift industry — made up of savings and loan associations and mutual savings banks that are the chief mortgage leaders — fears a diminution of its ability to finance future housing needs. Because of competition for funds from commercial banks, they say they need expanded powers, such as checking accounts. SEASON-CROSSING COATS - That's how we see Betty Rose's new collection for Spring 76. •Woven polyester poplin is a natural for any weather, softer tailoring makes every style a flatterer. Short pant lengths and longer styles for new skirts, all are washable and water repellent. Style shown, Natural, Blue, Green, Peach; sizes 8-18. Reg. $75.00. NOW 8 65°° ,-AAAAAAAAAAULAAAAAAAA.^ WATERS FASHION STORE 501 N. Adams St. 1926-1976 Downlown Carroll IT'S PLUMB,»HO FACT IT'S A LITTLE BETTER TWAMPLOKlB Manning Glubs Have Meetings Times Htrild News Service MANNING - Little Flower Study met at the home of Helen Horn on March 3. The meeting was opened with prayer led by Donna Felker. Bernedette Peters gave the lesson on "Work". Manning Women's Club met on March 1 at the home of Freda Dammann. Devotions were given by Gladys Schmidt. The minutes of the previous meeting were read. Sandra Hass gave the treasurer's report and read two thank-yous, one from the Carroll Development Center and one from Manning's AFS Chapter. Jean Wiese reported on the needlepoint class. • The Old Creamery Theater Company Production was discussed. Harriet Gross was appointed chairman for a G.N.Club Has Pinochle Winners Times Herald News Service AUBURN - Mr. and Mrs. Ed Reiman hosted the G.N. Club at their home Tuesday afte.rnoon. Pinochle ^was played with Mrs. L'epna Drees, Herbert Gornbltz, Mrs. Herman Schelle, and Mrs. Catherine Reiling, the winners. Ed Reiman received low. Mr. and Mrs. Arleen Brunsvold and family, Olathe, Kan. Mr. and Mrs. Duane. Karstens and family. Yankton, S.D., Darla Karstens, Fort Dodge; and Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Karstens, Jefferson, were guests over the weekend in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Karstens. Among Sunday guests of the Karstens were Mr. and Mrs. 0. Hansen and family, Storm Lake. Mrs. C.M. Bean, Mrs. Ann Hensel and Elsie Puttbrece visited Monday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Eccles and sons, Ogden. committee to look into funding for this project. Donna Morey reported on entertainment for the County Convention. Harriet Gross gave the program which ; was a book review of Eric sVoane's, "Spirit of 76". Dessert and coffee Were ser,yed : by the hostess. '"' ' Arcadia Legion Auxiliary Has Annual Times Herald News Service ARCADIA — Ehlers and Gerken Unit 6H American Legion Auxiliary held their annual tea Saturday with forty in attendance. Presiding 'at the business session held prior, to the tea was Beth Schmitz. Tamera Schroeder reported on the dressing of the doll she is entering. , ' Mrs. ,Warren Andersen, leader, told about the prayer boo'k and handwork entries. The program, presented by the group consisted of a skit "America The Beautiful" with Carla Bruggeman as pianist. Narrators were: Diana Badding, Doris Badding, Karen Berger, Dana Gorman, Donna . , ..,, ,., ,,.,,;,., Instrumental numbers were presented by Beth Schmitz, Lisa Vonnahme, Debra Badding and Lisa Bruggeman. Two readings "Mother's Busy Day" and "I Am The Nation" were given by Julie S?hroeder and Melanie Stoffers. The program closed with the Junior song "We Got The Whole World In Our Hands" . The reception table was centered with a bicentennial decorated cake flanked with red, white and blue candles on either end. Door prizes went to Mrs. Rose Badding and Carla Bruggeman. Winner of the special drawing was Donna Berg and bunco winners were Mrs. Viola Lampman and Dana Corman. Log House is Built by Numbers NEWBURY, Ohio (AP) The Bill Zappia family's new house arrived by truck, complete with assembly instructions almost of the "place tab A in slot B" variety. In a sense, it brought-the do-it-yourself trend full-circle. Because what Bill and Cynthia Zappia had bought was a kit for construction of a three-bedroom log house. The pair of flatbed trucks brought the logs, each numbered and treated to resist fungus and insects. "If you can read, you can put one up," Mrs. Zappia says. The kit included house plans, logs, spikes, doors, windows, insulation and spline. It is one of several styles offered by a Vermont firm, and its $11,000 price tag included four hours of technical assistance from the company, Mrs. Zappia says. But construction was well under way by the time the company man arrived, she adds. She also says the houses are designed so that it isn't necessary to stick to the plan provided. The Zappias say they made changes without problems. Though the house could be built on a slab of concrete, the~ Zappias chose to have a full basement. Additionally, their home has two baths, living room with cathedral ceiling, combined kitchen and dining room, two full porches and a balcony overlooking the living room. The logs are of white pine, poplar and hemlock. It is the permanent residence for the family that includes Kim, 10, and Dean, 7. "The project has been constant work since we began last fall," Mrs. Zappia says, adding: "It's a terrific feeling to know we've done it ourselves." Nebraskans In Wall Lake Times Herald News Service WALL LAKE - Weekend guests in the Dick Lawler home were Mr. and Mrs. Vjrgil Karsten, Kris, Tara and T«'fnothy, Gretna, Neb. T 'Mr'. ancfMrs. Jack Stickrod t Dean and Dan drove to Blair," Neb., Sunday to visit Dave Stickrod. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hannash and family, Pueblo, Colo., spent the weekend in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Art Greve. 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She went to the Iowa Commission for the Blind for help. This philosophy of gathering up courage and moving onward "is associated with blind persons who have come to the commission to learn work skills. John Taylor, assistant commission director in charge of field operations, said he believes that blind people are aware of their handicap, but this does not make them different. "We can walk, talk and move about just like a sighted person. The only problem is that we cannot see," he said. . Taylor, who is blind, does not regard this as a handicap. "I think blind people realize they are in a tough position, but then we are not asking for sympathy." Since 1958, the Commission for the blind has grown and expanded programs to meet the needs of several thousand blind persons. About 20 individuals call the commission's main office their "temporary home," but Taylor discourages this usage. "What we try to do here is get people on their feet and back into. jobs. To do this we suggest they work hard at developing and marketing their skills." Programs are available for blind people in the areas of home economics, industrial arts and business skills, such as typing. A person interested in pursuing home economies is taught everything that^a sighted person might learn in a comparable program, Taylor related. This includes working in a kitchen and preparing meals. "Often we have a young lady who is interested in learning these skills, simply because she wants to be a better homemaker," Taylor said. This also applies to men interested i'h developing marketable industrial art skills:'' One man has shown furniture : made at the commission to prospective merchants. Although the commission insists that all furniture remains in its offices, the Commission will allow an individual to sell it if t he c o m m i-ssi on is reimbursed. N At the same time, not all skills learned by the blind are. marketable skills. "Blind persons need to get around just like a sighted person does, "Taylor explained: • The commission, he added, has provided group outings for interested individuals. .These include swimming, hiking and camping, "Our people realize they must be able to get along with others if they are going to make it in society. We have too, much at stake to dp otherwise," Taylor asserted. Weaner TNT Supreme Attacks Rhinitis And Bacterial Enteritis Cliff Abbott WaltHagen We»t of Hwy. 71 EntfintlS Ea " of Hw V- " Carroll ElMCrm* Jefferton 792-2014 •• '-i)t-.i» "»:>-..«•' '«»*8S15-0«6-2754 Neomycin and Terramycin are mow available In 4x4 "wiaiw Supreme. Together these additives aid in'the maintenance of weight gains in the presence of Atrophic Rhinitis and aid in the treatment of bacterial enteritis. With Weaner Supreme they make an excellent 1-2 punch in the fight to grow strong, healthy pigs. Try 4x4 Weaner TNT Supreme today. Walnut Grove Division of W.R. Grace & Co. niello-tone. 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