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ALMANAC OBITUARIES Former editor McConnell dies S. Glen McConnell, 78, who polished the writing of Des Moines Register reporters for more than 30 , years, died of ' - cancer Tuesday at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Mr. McConnell, of 316 S.W. Virginia Circle, joined the staff of The Register as a copy editor in 1942. He retired in 1977. Mr. McConnell he was "Mac" to his colleagues was the author of the newspaper's "Briefly" column, which capsulized people and the news. "He was a dandy copy editor and a dandy dresser," said Rand Witke, who supervised The Register's copy desk for five years of Mr. McCon-nell's career. "All the younger copy editors profited so much from his experience." Mr. McConnell was a wrestler in school, and Witke recalled one night when Mr. McConnell put his wrestling skills to use when a robber jumped Mac from behind and demanded his wallet. "Mac fought back and held him in a headlock until help arrived," Witke recalled. A native of Emporia, Kan., Mr. McConnell had lived in Des Moines since 1942. He was active in the Boys Scouts of America, having earned an Eagle Scout badge. He also was a member of the Friendship Club of Kansas City, Mo., and the Iowa Association of the Deaf. He was one of the few deaf newspaper copy editors in the United States, according to colleagues. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Southtown Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mount Moriah Cemetery in Kansas City. Survivors include a daughter, B. Joyce Thompson of Omaha; two sons, Warner of Nova Scotia, Canada, and Richard of Bonnieville, Ky.; 21 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family suggests that any memorial contributions be made to the Boy Scouts. HELEN H. LETT Graveside services for Helen H. Lett, 76, of 721 S.E. Diehl Ave., who died Sunday at home, will be at 11a.m. today at Or- (-v ma uemeiery in ' Cumming. The cause of death is un- ' known pending au- topsy results. Mrs. Lett, a jg' homemaker and member of the In-dianola Heights Evangelical Free helen Church, was born in lett Douds and lived in Des Moines most of her life. Surviving are her husband, Eugene; a son, Argus of Des Moines; four daughters, Helen Johnston, Barb Smith, and Carol Christiansen, all of Des Moines, and Judy Reemis of Shawnee, Kan.; two brothers, Fred Caruthers of Norwalk and Harry Ca-ruthers of Urbandale; a sister, Dorothy Lee of Des Moines; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to her church. MARGARET L. ANDERSON The Register's Iowa Ntwt Service CHARITON, IA. - Margaret L. Anderson, 61, of Chariton died of Crohn's disease Monday at University Hospitals in Iowa City. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Fielding Funeral Home, with burial in Gosport Cemetery in Marion County. Mrs. Anderson, a homemaker and a member of Good Shepherd Baptist Church, was born in Valley Junction and lived in south central Iowa most of her life. Survivors include her husband, Paul; three sons, Russell of Knox-ville, Paul Jr. of Corydon and James of Allerton; two daughters, Linda Barnhart of Chariton and Carol Free-han of Melrose; two sisters, Anna Rose Hall and Madeline Kuhns, both of Des Moines; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Friends may call from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Crohn's Foundation. DONALD JOHN SCHMITT Special OiiMtch h TtM Register LAS VEGAS, NEV. - Donald John Schmitt, 80, of Las Vegas, formerly of Des Moines, died of pneumonia and emphysema Aug. 6 in Las Vegas. Services were held Aug. 8 in Nevada. Mr. Schmitt was born in Lenox, la., and worked for Boesen the Florist in Des Moines for 48 years, moving to Nevada in 1980. Survivors include his wife, Mary; three daughters, Janet Irias of Honduras, and Jean Cook and Jody Fee-ley, both of Las Vegas; a son, James of Redmond, Wash.; a brother, Hugh of Vero Beach, Fla.; a sister, Margaret Shaw of Des Moines; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Davis Paradise Valley Funeral Home in Las Vegas handled arrangements. GLEN McCQNNELL RAYMOND LA VERN MERICAL Tht Register's Iowa Ntwt Service REDFIELD, IA. - Raymond La Vern Merical, 84, of Redfield died of a heart attack Monday at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Fisher Funeral Home, with burial in East Linn Cemetery. 0 ft Mr. Merical, a I member of the J United Methodist Raymond Church, was born in merical Granger and lived in Redfield most of his life. He was a retired supervisor for Midland Brick. Survivors include his wife, Helen; a daughter, Sandra Rogers of Lamont, Colo.; a sister Bernice Bender of Perry; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Friends may call after 1 p.m. today the funeral home, where the family will greet friends from 7 to 9 p.m. BRUCE FIELDER The Register's Iowa Newt Strvlet SCRANTON, IA. - Bruce Fielder, 40, of Scanton died Sunday of injuries suffered in an auto accident east of Ralston. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Pleasant Ridge Friend's Church in rural Glidden, with burial in Westlawn Cemetery. Mr. Fielder, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, was born in Carroll and farmed in Scranton and Glidden most of his life. He was a member of the American Legion and the Masons. Survivors include his wife, Yvonne; two sons, Jeff and Jason, both of Scranton; his parents, Mac and Fern of rural Glidden; four sisters, Carol Best of Tempe, Ariz., Michelle Hilsa-beck of Wild Omar, Calif., Robyn Fielder of Chicago and Rebecca Kaufmann of Ames; and a brother, Steven of the Philippines. Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. VERNA LITTLE Verna Little, 97, of South Des Moines Care Center, 5608 S.W. Ninth St., died of a heart ailment Monday at home. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Hamilton's Funeral home, with burial in Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines. Mrs. Little was born in New Virginia and lived in Des Moines for 50 years. She was a waitress at Youn-kers for 40 years. Survivors include two grandsons, Steven Evans of San Diego and Charles Evans of North Carolina. Friends may call after 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Elder Care Services at Faith Lutheran Church. MARY C. CEBUHAR Mary C. Cebuhar, 85, of 219 Fourth St. died of cancer Sunday at Mercy Hospital Medical Center. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Ambrose Cathedral, of which she was a member. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Chariton. Miss Cebuhar was born in South Willmington, 111., and lived in Des Moines for 40 years. She retired from Younkers Department Stores in 1980, where she had been a member of the 20 Year Club. Survivors include two brothers, Frank and Anthony, both of Des Moines. Friends may call after 2 p.m. today at Hamilton's Funeral Home, where a vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made to her church. BIRTHS Moines BROADLAWNS MEDICAL CENTER SPARKS Wand of Indienole, a ton, Monday. SWISHER Mary of 3121 E. 36th Court, a ton, Monday. DES MOINES GENERAL HOSPITAL LEACH Michelle and George of 2S36 Lyon St., a ton, Monday. IOWA LUTHERAN HOSPITAL HOLSINGER Shelly and Ronald of 421 S.E. Porttr, a daughter, Tuesdev. PRATT Baity of 720 E. Fifth St., a ton, Monday. THONESAVANH Chanh and Kahamlao of 1720 11th St., a dauohtar, Tuatday. KW A METHODIST MEDICAL CENTER SMITH Jill and Timothy of Mil Elmcratl Orlva, a ton, Tuatday. NEWTON Dawn and Johnny Walker of 2210 E. Rota Ave., a ton, Monday. HARRINGTON Pamela and Timothy of Ml 40th St., a daughter, Tuatday. WILKERSON Penny and Rutty of Knoxvllle, a ton and a daughter, Saturday. PREY Klmberly and Gary of S95 N. Pleasant Hill Blvd., Pleatant Hill, a ton, Tuetday. HELLER Ronenne and Blaine of 2124 44th SI., a ton, Tuatday. GAJDEL Wllma and John of 527 41tl St., a daughter, Tuetdey. TONOA Terry and Joel of Knoxvllle, a daughter, Monday. MERCY HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER PORTER Dana Porter end Don Jonet of 3040 Douglat Ave, a ton, Tuetday. HUNTER Tina Hunter of 1600 Oakland Ave., a daughter, Tuetday. CUNNINGHAM Sutan and John of 2707 S.W. Third St., a ton, Tuetday. DETRICK Lorl Perklnt-Delrlck and Jim De- trlck of 201 N.E. 12th St. Place, a ton, Tuatday. BARNS Laure and William of 1002 Adventure-land Drive, Alloona, a daughter, Tuesday. SIMON Roxane and Tim of Waukee, a ton, Tuatday. McCOMBS Dabble and Chrlt of 3144 Lawn-woodt Drive, a daughter, Monday. DIVORCES Jean L. and Jamet D. Halnllne Thomai V. and Rebecca L. Dlltt Krltlen Lee and Dennlt L. Wagner Denlte Loree and David Lee Miller Laura L. and Stanley R. Blom Elliabeth L. and Michael J. Stanek Joteph A. and Patricia J. Rodrlguei Sharon L. and Michael B. Cummlnt Sutan Garnetl-Lowe and Gary Lowe. Jill E and Ronald D. Troedon. Karen R. and David E. Grott. Rebecca L. and Toby W. Boiarth. Dale W. and Sally A. Pradovlch. Debra A. and Paul L. Dow. Steven R. end Debbie S. Beumeltler. Donavon Dean and Pauline A. Lake. Nell L. Cutlerd and Linda M. Cuttard. DEADLINES & DATA Theta announcement! are accurate to the bail ef our knowledge. However, the tchedullng of eventi It tuMecl to change. Navy Molhert Club of America It holding lit national meeting through Frldey al the Park Inn International. The Iowa Public Haelth Attoclatlon win meet today and Thurtday at Howard Johntont. The Iowa Medical Records group win meet Frl-dav al the Saverv Hotel. WLLMA MAE ISENBERG The Register's Iowa Newt Service DEXTER, IA. - Wilma Mae Isen-berg, 76, of Dexter died of a stroke Sunday at Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Dexter United Methodist Church, of which she was a member. Burial will be in Dexter Cemetery. Mrs. Isenberg, a homemaker, was born in Cresco and had lived in Dexter since 1947. She was the former president of the local United Methodist Women, the district president of the Women's Society of Christian Services, the president of the local PEO chapter; and the state recording secretary of the Iowa Federated Women. Survivors include a son, Ken of Grinnell; a daughter, Ruth Hampton of Paradise Valley, Ariz; and four grandchildren. Friends may call after 9 a.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will be present form 7 to 8 p.m. EDWARD HERRICK MOORE The Reenter"! Iowa Newt Service AMES, IA. - Edward Herrick Moore, 96, of Ames died of a heart ailment Monday at Riverside Manor Care Center. Services will be at 2:30 a.m. Thursday at New Hartford United Methodist Church in New Hartford, of which he was a member. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in New Hartford. Mr. Moore was born in Orange Township and farmed in New Hartford most of his life, moving to Ames 11 years ago. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Ames and Ames Senior Citizen Center. Survivors Include a son, John K. of Ames; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Friends may call today at Steven's Memorial Chapel, where the family will be present from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church in New Hartford or Ames. HELEN BATES The Register's Iowa Newt Service LAKE CITY, IA. - Helen Bates, 72, of Lake City died of a stroke Sunday at home. Services will be at 10 a.m. today at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, of which she was a member. Burial will be in Resurrection Ceme tery at Panora. Mrs. Bates, who owned a beauty salon in Panora, was born in Panora and lived there most of her life. Survivors include two sons, Thomas of Des Moines and Paul of Kansas City, Mo.; her mother, Clara Simmons of Panora; two brothers, Richard Simmons of Panora and Frank Simmons of Jefferson; a sister, Hazel Godwin of Linden; and six grandchildren. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until service time at the church. Beidel-man's Funeral Home in Panora is in charge of arrangements. MARRIAGES Thete people have applied for marriage licenses m Polk County. Philip J. Hendrlckson, 24, Det Molnet, and Donna J. Miller, 26, Det Molnet. Grent Bullock, 25, Davit, Calif., and Robin K. Robertt. 25, Davit, Calif. Daniel N. Collins, 30, Davie, Fla., and Marlyt J. Lloyd, 24, Ooa Locke, Fla. Dennlt D. Bleiteldt, legal, Ankeny, and Darla D. Stoli, legal, Ankeny. Rlcherd J. Vlrden, 30, Dei Molnet, and Theresa M. Chlodo, 24, of Dei Molnet. Gary B. Speedllng, 26, Det Molnet, and Mar-lene M. Frotl, 21, Det Moines. Mitchell L. Vedane, 27, Det Molnet and Mary B. Atcheman, 23, Des Molnet. Jack M. Halter, 32, Det Molnet, and Karen S. O'Connor, 20, Det Molnet. Kvl L. Cubbage, 30, West Det Molnet and Snarl E. Jolly, 29, Watt Det Molnet. Somneuk Senephenslrl, 31, of Del Moines, and Nhe T. Leng, 25, Det Molnet. Frederick E. Hoffman, 23, Ankeny, and Denlse L. Lvberger, 23, Ankeny. Mlcheel D. LeGrende, 25, Kansas City, Kan., and Mary B. Watklnt, 24, Kansas City, Kan. Douglat W. Grlggt, 24, Wetl Det Moines, and Teresa K. Futco, 31, West Det Molnet. Philip C. Dunthee, 33, Urbandale, and Peggy C Johnson, 31, Urbendale. Wllllem P. Carman, 36, Det Moinei, and Terrl J. Benton, 32, Dei Molnet. Kurtlt J. Viktor, 32, Norwalk, and Thereta Y. Williams, 21, Norwalk. Charlet H. Vendenburg II, 35, West Des Molnet, and Margaret A. Mohr, 40, Dei Molnet. Jeflery F. Klocko, 25, Norwalk, and Janel E. Hanton, 26, Norwalk. Aaron D. Reet, 21, Det Moines, and Ellen M. Mclntlre, 19, Det Molnet. Duane K. Johnton, 30, Det Molnet, and Sutan G. Walilatper, 30, Det Molnet. Thomat H. Hlnkel, 31, Det Molnet, and Laura B. Danllton, 35, Det Molnet. Henry R. Peimer, 46, Det Moines, and Rebecca L. Palmar, 31, Dei Moines. J. Gregory Hlckt, 30, Del Molnet, and Dawn L. Tudor, 33, Det Moinei. David C. Rlggie, 32, Det Molnet, and Janet L. Walker, 24, Det Molnet. Randall A. Stoner, 39, Det Molnet and Wanda S. Walt, 36, Dei Moinei. Robert J. Robuck, 20, Dei Moinei, and Llta K. Drettlc, 19, Des Molnet. Jeffrey S. Bevlt, 21, Det Molnet, and Heidi J. Sailer, 19, Dei Moinei. Jason F. Hunt, 24, Del Molnet, and Klmberly A. Romp, 27, Del Moinei. Joel E. Slttel, 30, Det Moinei, and Andrea L. Vooe, 26, Dei Moinei. Michael E. Munsell, 35, Dei Molnet, and Tammy Jo Coan, 31, Det Moinei Jamet D. Burn, 43, Urbandale, and Susan D. Cassadv, 21, Urbandale. Steven T. Gilliam, 20, Dei Molnet, and Joiette A. Turk, 20, Des Moines. Larry G. Ellander, 40, Newton, and Baity L. Wlckllff, 38, Newton. Philip D. Noan, 60, Rlverlon, Wvo., and Lynda C. Munell, 41, Rlverlon, Wvo. Rusly D. Walker, 23, Berwick, and Kristin K. Cannon, 21, Berwick. Ervln P Hesterberg, 23, West Dei Molnet, and Wendy S. Jenton, 23, Underwood. Jeffrey C. Conway, 22, Des Moinei, and Suzanne L. Llttrell, 22, Dei Molnet. Dana Gowln, 25, Dei Moinei, and Kathy A. Goodwin, 22, Det Molnet. Jamet I. Mackav, 45, Dei Molnet, and June A. Breunger, 40, Del Moinei. Donald R. Jaauer, 26, Urbendale, and Cynthia J. Lynn, 21, Urbandale. Frederick M. Sleeve, 30, Grimes, and Dlna M. Schoo, 30, Det Moinei. Kyle D. Newman, 30, Del Molnet, and Melody R. Mlchaelli Dixon, 34, Del Moines. Denlel L. Grecey, 38, Ankeny, end Tamara Ann Cox, 29, Ankeny. Robert L. Butler Sr., legal, Del Moinei, and Donna M. Butler, legal, Dei Moinei. DEATHS Des Moines LINGNER Barbara, 50, ot Ogden, died Monday al Mercy Hospital Medical Center. LITTLE Verne, 97, ol Soulh Det Molnet Cere Center, 5608 S.W. Nlnlh SI., died Mondey at home. McCONNELL S. Glen, 78, 316 S.W. Virginia Circle, died Tuetday al Iowa Methodist Medical Center. NEUFARTH Adeline, 70, of Newton, died Tuetday al Det Moinei General Hospital. ROSS Robert W., 69, 528 S. Hickory, Pleasant Hill, died Tuesday at home. STOCKS Megen Sue, 1-day-oW child of Karen Stocks of 3404 Hlllcrest Drive, died Mondey al Iowa Mathodlsl Hospital STOUT Mvra, 12, ol 1014 S E. 25th St. Court, died Tuesday al Det Molnet General Hoipltal. ROBERT W.ROSS Robert W. Ross, 69, 528 S. Hickory, Pleasant Hill, died of a heart ailment Tuesday at home. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Mr. Ross was born in Alberta, Canada, and lived in Des Moines most of his life, where he was a tire curer for Armstrong Rubber Co. until retiring in 1967. He was an ROBERT W. ROSS Army veteran of World War II and a member of the United Rubber Workers Union. Survivors include a brother, Andrew of Pleasant Hill. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Thursday at Hamilton's Funeral Home. MARSHALL "BUD" SAUERS Special Dispatch to The Reenter EAU CLAIRE, WIS. - Marshall "Bud" Sauers, 84, of Eau Claire, Wis., formerly of Des Moines, died of a heart ailment Sunday at an Eau Claire nursing home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, with burial at Lutheran Church Cemetery. Mr. Sauers was born in Eau Claire and lived in Des Moines for 41 years. He retired as chief editorial artist for The Des Moines Register, and moved to Eau Claire in 1971. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Irene; and a brother, Glenn Sauer, and two r1 sisters, Bernice Sauer and Lucille Quick, all of Eau Claire. Lenmark-Gomsrud Funeral Home in Eau Claire is handling arrangements. BRUCE G. PACKARD The Regltter'i Iowa Newt Service GRINNELL, IA. - Bruce G. Packard, 85, of Grinnell died of complications of Alzheimer's disease Monday at Mayflower Home Health Care Center. The body has been cremated, and a memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Aug. 30 at Denison Chapel of the Mayflower Home. Mr. Packard was born in Lake City and had been a civil engineer for the Chicago and North Western Railway, living in 17 cities along the railroad line. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Kiwanis and the Masons and was an Army veteran of World War II. He had lived in Grinnell since 1986. Survivors include his wife, Ruth; a daughter, Patricia Yunglas of Wichita, Kan.; two sons, B. Gordon of Des Moines and Alan of Fond du Lac, Wis.; 12 grandchildren; and 14 greatgrandchildren. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. DEATHS Iowa BETTENDORP - Thomai E. Swanwlck, 70; Lu-clen T. Mougln, 71; Leslie D. Anderson, 54; Hugh S. Hill, 74; Llovd D. Sherwood, 66. BOONE - James Melborg, 63. COGGON - Blllle J. Trefv, 59. COUNCIL BLUFFS - Philip A. Severton, 64; Betty Powell, 60, Urban J. Roimann, 84; Cherlei F. Clemoni, 77; Richard E. Peterson, 70, Langford V. Fox, 82; David Gallner, 66; Marlon Vernon Hodge, 54; Leigh F. Drake Jr., 70; Raymond D. Harms, 59; Cledai B. Aughe, 75, Laura Mae McClelland, 71; Merita A. Funkhauter, 76; Alex S. Krug, 80; Mellia Metlc, 93; Bernandlne E. Wilton, 70; Helen M. Curtlt, 84; Gerald J. Peters, 66; Edna Ege, 93, Stanley Zych, 74. DECORAH - Alice E. Fott, 79; Elmer F. Drestel-haui, 87. DUBUQUE - Rita L. Lepperl, 69; Rote E. Dletl, 74; Tomas P. Conlev, 70; Waller R. Koeslar, 66; Geraldlne Braun, 80; John O. Warren, 86; Edward J. Neelev, 68, Victor A. Blelle, 85; Andrew J. Kitting, 81; Frank J. Ruden, 68; Leo J. Hllbv, 91; Anthony Denlel Reldv, 80; Adrlenne Downly, 81; Harold E. Harvey, 80. DYERSVILLE - Laura Bagge, 64; Hilda Harm-sen, 79, Gereld J. Gotto. 77. ELDRIDGE - Murl Jamet, 73. GRINNELL - Donald Rica, 74, Mona Mann, 90. GUTTENBERG - Ethel B Bollinger, 94; Vlolel R. Mellon, 76, Arthur Rodenberg, 71. HAMBURG - Ruin Crystal, 47; Herman Hlnia, 91. LAKE CITY - Wavne Tague, 78. MCGREGOR - Mary A. Shine, 64. MONTEZUMA - Verna Van Cleave, 97. NEWKIRK - Gertrude Von De Hoef, 90 OGDEN - Jamet Miller, 90; William Llghtfool, 71; Edward Ralmers, 91. ORANGE CITY - Geneva Bomgaari, 68. POMEROY - Charlotte Doyen, 77. ROCKWELL CITY - Elsie V. Rote, 96. STRAWBERRY POINT - Llta Marie Hunt, 17, Melvln C. Ondler, 61. SIDNEY - Blanch Bietek, 80, Meble Addle Lehr, 98; Motthew McGarglll, 45; Doneld L. Rice, 74. SIOUX CENTER - Cornelia Punt, 96; Bertha Cteverlnge, 77. SPIRIT LAKE - Jessie Hold, 91. STORM LAKE - Dean Wise, 68. VICTOR - Dorothy Bayer, 67. WAUKON - Lulla J. Sorum, 86; Robert E. McDonald, 71. ZWINGLI - Bernard W. Ganien, 67. Police punished after escape Three Des Moines police officers have been suspended for two days without pay after a police department prisoner escaped from the Polk County Jail last month. Officers Fred Allen, Michael Rush and Robert Harter have appealed Chief William Moulder's disciplinary action to a police department guidance committee. Allen, Rush and Harter were suspended for "allowing an escape while the prisoner was in their custody," Moulder said. The prisoner, Jack Kain Sr., 31, left the county jail after an appearance in Polk County District Court. Moulder said it still is not clear how Kain ended up in a line of prisoners who were to be released. Kain was to have been turned over to Polk County officials July 25 and held in the county jail. Kain, charged with second-degree robbery, instead escaped but was arrested again several days later. The officers' appeal will be heard by the Chief's Guidance Committee, which is made up of a commanding officer, a sergeant and three police officers. The committee can make recommendations to the chief after hearing the appeal. The chief may accept, reject or modify the committee's recommendations. Wednesday, August 22, 1990 H THE DES MOINES REGISTER 3M D.M. board endorses 'concept' of smoke-free school buildings By KELLYE CARTER Register staff Writer The concept of smoke-free schools was narrowly approved by the Des Moines school board Tuesday, but the board didn't adopt a policy to ban smoking from district buildings. The board voted 4-3 to endorse the concept and to direct administrators to meet with employee groups to develop a no-smoking policy and procedure for carrying it out. The plan would be presented to the board for approval in November. "I think it's important that we take a position and then work with people who would be influenced by that policy," said member Betty Grundberg, who proposed the action. Board members Jonathan Wilson, Barbara Buck and Mark Smith voted against Grundberg's proposal. They were members of a board policy committee that recommended that the board ban smoking and the use of other tobacco products from all buildings and vehicles beginning Jan. 1. "We don't just favor the idea of a smoke-free environment," Wilson said of the committee's recommendation. "We are going to establish that a smoke-free environment be created." Representatives of the district's two employee unions urged the board to vote against a smoking ban. Jeanette Woods, president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 2048, and Walter Galvin, executive director of the Des Moines Education Association, told the board that a rul Burlington residents raise stink over skunks By PATRICK BEACH Register Staff Writer Some uninvited guests in Burlington's North Hill neighborhood are raising a stink, and the taxpaying residents are asking the city to do something about it. The offending squatters are a family of skunks. The City Council Monday night voted to contract the services of a local skunk trapper. "I like skunks. They're real pretty animals. But they don't smell too pretty," said Lewis Mehaf f y, who lives in the North Hill area of Burlington and whose wife helped collect some of the more than 100 petition signatures delivered to the City Council Monday night. The council listened to residents' complaints about a stink stiff enough to knock you down and took uncharacteristically swift action for a government body: We'll pay to get rid of the source of the problem, it told the residents. Period. The trapper won't kill the skunks. He'll just relocate them to more rural quarters presumably downwind from Burlington. So the "skunk crossing" sign Glenna Mehaffy put up won't be there much longer. Nobody's sure why the skunks are so attracted to that particular 30-block patch of real estate, or why they're moving in now. But there are a lot of them and they're having babies under people's porches. "Last year we'd smell one occasionally," Mehaffy said. "This year they multiplied something horrible. You wake up at night out of a dead sleep and go, 'What kind of perfume is that?' It'll set you right up in bed." The odious air also has made summer ventilation of homes a problem. Residents have been advising one another to use air-moving machines at their own risk. "All of a sudden wham! the fan sucks the skunk smell right into the house," Mehaffy said. D.M. teachers union endorses 3 candidates for school board Continued from Page 1M the caliber of the whole field of candidates. For us, it's really great to see the level of interest that's out there," Mesicek said. Easley, 32, of 1332 S.W. Creston Ave., said she felt honored to be chosen. "I feel this endorsement is a marvelous tribute to my parents, who instilled in me my initial respect for the classroom," said Easley, whose mother is a former Des Moines schools reading teacher and whose father is a former Drake University professor. Easley said her background has helped her realize that a quality school system yields a quality work force. She is assistant vice president for personnel and education at American Republic Insurance Co. Jensen, 44, of 3127 Thompson Ave., called the endorsement "critical" because of the crowded race. Jensen said one of her primary commitments is to help teachers get the supplies and equipment they need. "That goes all the way from pencils and Crayolas to computers and furni Veterans exec A Vietnam veteran who was honored a decade ago by Polk County for outstanding community achievement is fighting his removal as director of the Polk County Veteran Affairs Commission. The three-member commission voted June 29 to remove Dan Mcll-hon, 46, of 240 59th St. as their director. Mcllhon has been on the veterans affairs staff since 1985 and has been director since 1987. "I've always represented the best wishes of veterans, their wives and their widows as best as I possibly could," Mcllhon said. In a letter to the commission, Mcllhon, who was paid $30,390 annually as director, said he considered his removal "unjustified" and said it has caused him "great embarrassment and mental stress." ing by the Public Employee Relations Board established that no-smoking policies fall under health and safety provisions and were, therefore, required by law to be negotiated during the bargaining process. Woods and Galvin together represent about 3,000 employees in the district, Iowa's largest. Wilson said he disagreed that no-smoking policies would have to be negotiated with employees. "If people want to smoke, that is their prerogative," he said. "They don't get to smoke just any place." Superintendent Gary Wegenke said administrators had not had a chance to discuss with district lawyers whether no-smoking policies had to be negotiated. Gerald La Blanc, a Harding Middle School social studies teacher, encouraged the board to adopt the ban. "You really have to be commended to have the courage to stand up for children's rights and for taking a stand on such a sensitive issue," La Blanc said. The district, with 3,756 employees, is one of the city's largest employers. Board members who favored the ban said it would bring the district in line with no-smoking policies adopted by some Des Moines companies. The seven-member board has three members who smoke: Smith, Jo Brown and Sue Luthens. The district currently provides separate smoking lounges for employees. ture," Jensen said. Jensen, a homemaker, has been active in Des Moines education for 12 years. She was co-chairwoman last year of Keep Improving Des Moines Schools, a citizens committee that successfully promoted a district bond issue and continuation of a tax levy to improve district buildings. Phoenix, 43, of 3808 Fifth Ave., said one of his top priorities as a board member would be to reduce elementary class sizes, benefiting students and teachers. "I'm hopeful that other teachers will send the word out to their friends to vote for me," He said. "I think that I am well-versed on the issues that the school district is facing and have knowledge of how the system works." Phoenix was the only school board candidate endorsed by both unions that represent Des Moines school staff. Phoenix, 43, owns Copiers Ltd., a Des Moines copier service company. Other candidates running for the board are: Robert Bray, 4129 Forest Ave.; David Hudson, 1115 65th St.; Sara John, 2533 Lay St.; Martin Mauk, 2925 John Patterson Road; Jean Nelson, 4004 John Lynde Road; Cornell Smith, 1112 27th St.; and Thatcher Williams, 1068 36th St. fights ouster Mcllhon, who also serves on state veterans councils, declined to comment on why he was removed. Commission members Warren Hall of 1312 DeWolf St. and Albert Hutton of 1973 Courtland Drive and Chairman James Sanger of 640 N.E. 70th Ave. also declined comment. In 1979, Mcllhon was one of five Iowa veterans recognized by the Polk County Board of Supervisors for outstanding community achievement. HOME MOVIES TO VIDEO. AoroteK m 2B13INGERS0LL fern 14 4 nnoo A MODuCfTohs OPEN-Mon -Fn 9-6

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