A Giant Cake for js-ssss. sRocky Haunted by Nursing Home Scandal T»* jt. •_! ¥7* • '. J * *«—' By Iowa Daily Press Association DBS MOINES — A giant birthday cake is planned as part of the kickoff celebration on April 6 in Des Moines for the bicentennial wagon (rain pilgrimage. The cake, six feet tall and five feet in diameter, will depict Iowa heritage scenes. It will be on display at an evening reception in the statehouse for 600 local bicentennial commissions. The reception will be hosted SAFEST TRAVEL YEAR CHICAGO-(AP) — The National Safety Council says that — on a mile-for-mile basis —1975 was the safest year for motor vehicle travel in American history. The council says preliminary traffic safety statistics for the year show "the mileage death rate, dropped to 3.5 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled — the lowest mileage death rate the council has recorded, in the 52 years it has kept motor vehicle statistics." In 1974 the mileage death rate was 3.6 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles. by Governor Robert Ray and the Iowa bicentennial commission. "We haven't checked out the health laws yet, but I don't think we'll be allowed to serve the cake after it has been on display," said Ed Redfern, deputy director of the bicentennial commission. Cookies and punch will be served instead. Redfern said the cake will be designed and baked by the Des Moines chapter of the Merry Mixers cake decorating club. The commissison expects 4,000 to 6,000 people will attend the reception which is by invitation only. Cost of the event, estimated at $4,000, will be picked up by the bicentennial commission through the sale of special medallions and by the Massey-Ferguson Company as part of its bicentennial project. Entertainment will be provided by the 90 member Karl King band and chorus of Fort Dodge and the Van Buren County Bicentennial Singers. Other features of the kickoff celebration will include: —Displays of historical memorabila in the offices of state officials. —A speech to a joint session of the Legislature by John Warner, administrator of the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration at 2 p.m. —A new hot air balloon featuring the Iowa flag will be air borne when the wagon train leaves the capitol. The balloon is owned by Steve Kersten of Fort Dodge. —The presentation of the state and bicentennial flags to Clark Cogley of Lohrville, wagon master for the Iowa segment fo the bicentennial wagon train which will wind up at Valley Forge, Pa., on July 4. —A program, open to the public free of charge, will feature the Penn State Singers; it will begin at 7 p.m. at the state fairgrounds. The Iowa wagon will leave Des Moines on April 7 after being joined by the North , Dakota and South Dakota wagons. The wagon train will travel about 20 miles a day, ending its Iowa journey at Calmar on April 17. THANKS, FANS Kevin Tessmer and C9ach Wayne Chandlee are shown in their state basketball street attire purchased with the proceeds of the special fund appeal. The Carroll Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank the following chamber members who contributed to the recent fund drive in honor of the Kuemper High state tournament basketball team. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. KUEMPER BASKETBALL FUND DONORS Anderson Shoe Store Dr. Walter Anneberg William C. Arts Jr. Auen Distributing Co. Badding Construction Co. Dr. R. F. Barels Ray Berndt Electrical Bernholtz Bros. Frozen Foods Dr. T. E. Blankenbaker Bliss Tire Service Robert S. Bruner Builders Specialty Burkett's, Inc. Carroll Bowl Carroll County State Bank Carroll Daily Times Herald Carroll Medical Center Center Pharmacy Coast to Coast Store Commercial Savings Bank Community Jewelry Crouse Cartage Co. Culligan Soft Water Service Dairy Queen Brazier Wayne Daniels Mr. & Mrs. Robert Day Denny's Lounge Don's Place Dr. J. G. Donovan Drees Plumbing & Heating Ken Ebner Ed Feld Equipment Co. Ed-Mar Western Corral F.William Faller Family Health Clinic Fareway Store Farm & Home Store Farner-Bocken Co. First Federal Savings & Loan. \ Fisher Aviation Fleskes Construction Fleshner Realty Thomas Gaffney Gambles ' Garden of Gifts Goetzinger & Steffes Gold Crest Inn Dr. N. J. Gradoville The Greteman Agency, Inc. Paul J. Greteman H & H Co. HR Cleaners Mr. & Mrs. Don Harmon Helen's Hallmark Shop Holiday Best Western Motel Interstate Electric Co. Jacobsen Travel John Whaley Chevrolet Myron Johnson Juergens Produce & Feed Juergens International Jung's Bakery Kanne Mobil Service KCIM Radio Station Kelly Shoe Store Kerp's K loser Seed Store Knights of Columbus Vince Koenig Kurth & Bunger Lane Audio Visual John G. Longnecker Led Loxterkamp McCarville S^Son Motor Co. Dr. John E. Martin Dr. M. L. Masterson Middendorf Sheet Metal, Inc. Mid-Iowa Insurance Associates Mid-States Enterprises Midwest Wholesale Building Products Montgomery Ward & Co. Moorhouse Ready Mix Robert Mosher Motel 71-30 Office Products Center David O'Leary Paul & Wayne's Skelly Service JCPenneyCo. Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. Perry Production Credit Ass'n. Petersen Motors, Ltd. Pizza Hut Pokey's Prenger Furniture Mr. and Mrs. Ron Ream Red Carpet Reuter, Inc. Dr. H. K.&J.S. Richardson Safeway Store Schenkelberg Implement Dr. Norman Schulz Sernett Family Center Sharp Florist Sharp Funeral Home Smart Set Salon Judge James Smith The L. A. Smith Co. Crowley^Spindler Stone Printing Co. Mr. & Mrs. Wendell Stoner Allen Stroh Martin Tan Creti Tony's Restaurant Tru-Fit Corporation Twit Funeral Home Uptown Sporting Goods The Vogue Walz Construction Co. Dr. W. L. Ward Dr. L. B. Westendorf Wilson Real Estate Dr. Robert Winjum Winnike & Masching Wittrock Motor Co. Robert A. Wright NEW YORK - (LENS) An accusing finger has been pointed at Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller for permitting nursing homes in New YorK to reap huge profits during his 15-year reign as governor. A special commission was set up last year by Gov. Hugh Carey after revelations of inadequate care by a group of unscrupulous entrepreneurs engaged in running government-subsidized nursing homes. Its latest report provides proof that a large number of highly placed Democratic and Republican politicians received pay-offs from the homes. But the report is particularly censorious of Rockefeller and his immediate entourage for giving excessive favors to a small group of nursing-home operators who were after financial windfalls. Unlike most of the politicians signaled .out by the commission, Rockefeller was not lured by legal fees, commissions or campaign contributions (which the operators deducted from their taxes as a business expense). Yet they recognised that he too had his price. The report, which was compiled under the guidance of Morris Abram, a prominent lawyer, presents a wealth of evidence showing that Rockefeller was motivated by the desire to win support from New York's big and politically active Jewish community,. which normally is heavily Democratic in its voting. Among thoSe he helped was Bernard Bergman, an orthodox rabbi who owned a string of nursing homes and who was accorded special treatment by the Rockfeller administration. Moreover, Rockefeller failed to act on the repeated request from his own health department for more audits of nursing-home accounts. He also turned a blind eye to reports charging glaring neglect of aged patients. The pattern, as detailed by Abram, was one of peddling governmental influence in return for political support. In the short run, both sides benefited. Rockefeller made substantial inroads into the Jewish vote and Bergman and other nursing-home operators garnered millions in profits. But Bergman is now under indictment for fraud by both federal and state authorities, which have already successfully prosecuted a number of other errant nursing-home proprietors. The report may lead to the prosecution of more politicians; the special prosecutor has already indicted the speaker and majority leader of the state assembly, both Democrats, for perjury. There is no case, though, against the vice president, who airily dismissed his behavior as mere "courtesy." But his actions — and inaction — in the nursing-home scandal have been popularly perceived as another stain on his once enviable reputation in New York. The charge that he deliberately neglected the aged for political gain is bound to haunt Rockefeller. The Good Neighbor is you. K Belong. Red Cross. 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