The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 24, 1998 · Page 3
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THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains •» SUNDAY, MAY 24, 1998 A3 J-f SWIMMING "" As swim season nears, new pool endorsed Longtime manager t -Shuck. Culley there's 'no question' jSalina needs Kanother pool By DAVID CLOUSTON Tlie Salina Journal Chuck Culley has seen times when the Municipal Pool in Kenwood Park is so crowded it's hard to find a spot to get in. That's when Culley, longtime manager of the pool, tells his lifeguards to be extra vigilant. "There are times when the pool is too crowded, and my lifeguards cannot concern themselves with what's going on, on the deck of the pool," Culley said. "There may be (horseplay) going on there that under normal circumstances wouldn't be al- lowed. Like I try and tell my guards, your primary concern is the water." Both the Municipal Pool and Carver Pool, 311 N. Second, are scheduled to open Saturday. The Municipal Pool will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. daily. Fees are $1.25 for adults and 75 cents for students. Information on special rates and times for other swimming programs is available by calling the -pool after opening day at 825-9789. Carver Pool also will open Saturday. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. daily, and there is no admission charge. Carver Pool is available for rent for private group parties from 6 to 8 p.m. June 8 through Aug. 8. For information, call the Municipal Pool office. New pool under consideration The Salina City Commission recently approved creation of a task force to study possible construction of a new swimming pool. Culley thinks a new pool is needed. "There is no question," he said. "There are days when we will run through (Municipal) pool some five hundred or six hundred people. That's hard on a pool. Pools need rest like everyone else does." Culley said the busiest days at the pool are Monday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m., when kids and young adults make up the bulk of swimmers. "Those are the people we see day in and day out, the regular pool rats," he said. "Saturdays and Sundays it's different." More families swim then. If a new pool is built, there are roughly four groups that need to be satisfied, Culley said. They are divers, lap swimmers, parents with young children and those who just want to jump in for a dip to cool off— Culley calls them "get-wetters." Concordia's pool, for example, has areas for all four groups, he said. "They have a diving well and anoth- BRIEFLY : £ilis man killed in tractor-trailer collision | Two people have died in holi- • day weekend traffic crashes, in- l eluding an Ellis man who was t killed Saturday m'orning when • two tractor-trailer units collided near Ellis on U.S. 183. , * Charles W. Krueger, 40, was ^pronounced dead at the scene. His • wife and stepson were both hospi- J talized, the Kansas Highway Pa- jtrol said. j; The wreck happened just after J 7 a.m. when a tractor-trailer ran a • stop sign on a county road and " went into the path of Krueger's ". truck, the patrol said. All three i people in Krueger's truck were i ejected. I Earlier Saturday, a Kinsley Jman died when the car in which 'he was riding rolled off an Ed" wards County road into a ditch, '- the patrol said. « Roger A. Brake, 27, was pro- Jnounced dead at the scene of the ; wreck, which happened just after " 12 a.m. The car was s'outhbound > when its driver lost control, the ; patrol said. The car went left of "; center and into the ditch, partial- l\y ejecting Brake. • Last year, four people died on 'Kansas roads during the holiday > counting period, which began Fri; da'y- night and ends at midnight " Monday. 'County commission has : short business agenda •> It will be a short week for Saline County commissioners this week, with county offices Closed Monday because of the Memorial Day holiday. ^3n addition, the regular 11 a.m. j£ii}esday televised meeting has --ffceh canceled because of a lack of ^genda items. .^Commissioners will meet from "C&Jm. until business is concluded ^te'sday and Wednesday in Room -209*of the City-County Building. r^"s^ions are open to the public T-vuiless otherwise noted. I." Planned appointments include: "5- • 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, computer •; question and answer session with J;pa$e Larrick, director of the city l;pf "Salina's information services '. department, in Room 213 of the [City-County Building. 1 u • • 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, report rfjom Sheriff Glen Kochanowski " ;Qp progress of his budget adviso- .qj&committee. jj. ; vi.0:30 a.m. Wednesday, discus- ri of personnel issues with Rita • t)ei'ster, personnel director. The '§ession will be closed to the pub- :iic. ;.',' • 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, discus- ;.sion of county department budget [targets with David Criswell, Bounty administrator. ;Vets' activities include ceremony at memorial ; Veterans organizations will (meet at 10 a.m. Monday at the (Memorial Bridge on East Iron to i travel around Salina's cemeteries ; in honor of Memorial Day. ; In addition, interested veterans ; should be at the Salina-Saline i County War Memorial at 11:30 ' a.m. for ceremonies there before ! lunch is served at the American ! Legion. ETC. The Kansas Highway Patrol .will target designated highway work zones during the 1998 con- Istruction and maintenance sea- Ison. ; Patrol statistics show that of more than 2,200 citations issued 'in work zones in 1997, about 1,400 ' were for speeding. Fines for ! speeding in work zones is double ;the normal amount. ; The patrol said that 22 people •were killed and 983 injured in 'work-zone crashes last year. From Staff and Wire Reports DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Gen Gillespie holds the Websters' dictionary he was awarded for winning the state spelling bee earlier this year. Master speller National bee ftext test for state champion Gen Gillespie By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal Gen Gillespie doesn't plan on burying his nose in the hordes of dictionaries piled on his kitchen table while he is in Washington, D.C. There's plenty of time for that now as Gillespie prepares for the national spelling bee championship next weekend. He leaves today to spend a week in the nation's capital with his family. "I haven't prepared as much as I'd like," Gen said. "But I think I'm prepared. I'm pretty nervous, but I also want to have fun. There will be lots of things to'do." Gen, an eighth-grader at South Middle School and the son of Gerald and Mineko Gillespie, 409 E. Minneapolis, has spent at least an hour a night studying words since early February, when he won the Saline County bee for the second straight year. He then became the first Salinan to win the state championship in April. That earned him an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington to compete in the national bee. The final day of the two-day bee will be televised at noon Sunday on ESPN (Salina cable channel 38). "The one thing you enjoy is you just learn a lot about how to focus under pressure," Gen said. "I know I'll get a lot of stuff out of this. But I can't think of what I'll get right now. I know it will pay off someday." It may pay off next week although the Gillespies aren't counting on a victory. But they are hopeful he will do well. "He's studied enough," Gerald said. "I think he's got a chance. Some kids are returning for the fourth time, and a number of them are for the third time. With a little "The one thing you enjoy is you just learn a lot about how to focus under pressure." Gen Gillespie Salina South Middle School student and Kansas spelling bee champion bit of good fortune, he could do fairly well." Born to spell Gen mastered the alphabet at age 1 and began reading words a year later. "It was pretty clear that he was pretty good with language early on," Gerald said. "We often thought that if he got into a spelling bee he would do very well." Talent and hard work have been a winning combination for Gillespie, said Eloise Lynch, coordinator of the Saline County's bee. "He just had the knowledge and the willingness to work on it and the parents who would work with him," Lynch said. "You have to have a curiosity, and you have to really want to work hard." Gen has had to go beyond reading the dictionary, Gerald said. "He's really had to learn a lot more about language than most people," he said. "We're talking about learning the French, Greek and Latin roots. The national bee has very difficult words. Every kid experiences a number of words they've never heard before, so they have to be like a sleuth and root out the correct spellings." Gerald and Mineko have wondered whether an hour a night was enough work, but Gen seems to be too well-rounded to become a totally devoted spelling bookworm. "He's doing baseball and finals and track," Gerald said. "He's just got too many other things going on." Janet Ireton, a 22-year teacher who is a third-grade instructor at Sunset Elementary, 1510 W. Republic, was a former spelling bee participant. Spelling always was easy for her. Ireton didn't have TV when she grew up, so she played spelling games with her dad. "I think part of that has to do with the fact that I read a lot, and all of the children who read a lot are good spellers," Ireton said. "My husband doesn't spell as well, but he doesn't read as much as I do." Teachers are teaching students to write more and aren't as concerned about perfect punctuation, Ireton said. She believes that strategy, coupled with teaching them spelling strategies, will help the children become better spellers. Ireton believes that spelling still is important even with machines that can check words. "How are you going to write and express yourself?" she said. "It all goes together — reading, spelling and writing." The Gillespie family plans on having fun in Washington. Then Gen will try to make Salina proud. But even if he's eliminated in the first round, he may not be Salina's last hope. The other Gillespie, Gen's brother, Kenya, age 10, will be in the bee soon. "We're trying not to put pressure on Kenya, but he's also a good speller, and he's actually anxious and wants to give it a shot," Gerald said. "He might even feel some competitiveness with his brother." er part sanctioned off for those who want to swim laps," he said. "Then they have an area for the get-wetters and they also have a kiddie pool. "It's almost like having four little pools connected to each other." There's no question either that Lindsborg's pool, which is fairly new, has drawn some Salina swimmers, as have pools at the Elks Cljib and Salina Country Club, he saift. Lindsborg's pool has both a diving area and an area for a tower water slide, as well as a kids' area. "Lindsborg is an excellent pool," Culley said. "The physical structure of the pool is what brings in people." T COSMOSPHERE Space artifacts maybe for sale Kansas Cosmosphere, has filed lien against Space Age Japan By The Associated Press HUTCHINSON — Six pieces of Russian space history could be headed for a Kansas auction block — because of Asia's economic struggles. The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center has filed a lien against Tokyo-based Space Age Japan, claiming nonpayment of 'more than $66,000 in storage fees are owed for the artifacts. Items named in the lien include a full-scale replica of the Mir space station living module; a Soyuz rocket booster engine cluster, a full-scale Lunokhod lunar- rover; a Vega interplanetary space probe; a Vostok space suit, and an Orlan space suit with "bicycle," a maneuvering unit for astronauts. Museum officials say they hope to sell the items at auction to pay the debt. "It's a group that we've worked with very successfully for about a decade," said Norma VanBunneh, executive assistant to Cosmos- phere president Max Ary. "We've done a lot of really good projects with them and exhibits. They've always been wonderful clients of ours." But the Japanese economy dropped sharply just after Space Age Japan contracted with the Cosmosphere to obtain and ship several Russian space artifacts for display in Japan, VanBunnen said Friday. Cosmosphere becomes broker Relations between the Russians and Japanese are not very good, VanBunnen said, so the Cosmos- phere agreed to serve as a broker — buying the items from the Russians and then selling them to the Japanese. "It took (Space Age Japan) several years to pay for the final amount that was actually due on the items," VanBunnen said, "and then the storage part of it, they never have paid for." The storage fees have been accumulating since 1993 at more than $1,600 a month, she said. Most of the items are duplicates of artifacts the Cosmosphere already has, so the museum has no interest in keeping them. "We've tried all different ways to resolve this," VanBunnen said. "We've offered to buy some of the things, or try to sell some of the things for them. We've tried every possible scenario we could think of." T METHODIST CHURCH CONFERENCE Protesters won't be only ones in conference's spotlight Methodists' meeting to feature a variety of sermons and music By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal OK, sure, the Rev. Fred Phelps of Topeka and his crew, famous for waving signs that state "God Hates Fags!" and picketing funerals, will be protesting the United Methodist Church's Kansas West Conference in Salina. And yes, one of the issues that will be discussed is whether the conference would like to adopt a statement on homosexuality that would support its "sacred worth" but also would call the practice "incompatible with Christian teaching." But there will be other fireworks as well, said Kathy Kruger Noble, associate director for communications for the Kansas West Conference. However, these will come from jazzed-up sermons that will fea- ture video, music and short skits. The conference will be Tuesday through Friday at the Bicentennial Center. Many events are open to the public and free, but offerings will be accepted at the worship services. The conference has alternated between Hays and Salina the last few years. The Rev. Michael Slaughter, senior pastor at the Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City, Ohio, will kick things off with his opening worship celebra- tion at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Slaughter is well-known across the country for his presentations, Noble said. "He designs worships that speak to people that live in an electronic culture," she said. "His church has grown phenomenally. It was a little open country church, and now there's more than 3,000 who attend." But there is a lot of substance in Slaughter's flashy style, Noble said. 'It's not like they all come to watch a performance on Sunday," she said. "He is very good at nurturing faith." There will be celebration worship services throughout the conference that will feature choirs and other music as well, Noble said. Another highlight comes at 8 a.m. Tuesday, when many attending the conference will work for Habitat for Humanity, the Ashby Clothing Center and the Martin Luther King Jr. Child Care Center, Noble said. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbwearing@saljournal.com

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