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YGvyalel jL: tS4JC 1 THE DES M0LNES RECITER O Wt- November 7, lit! wan TlII KD3 People in Bondurant sing praises of woman in centennial chorus : By DEXDRE PEARSON Nearly everyone la Bondurant knows Jady Wegele - at feast that's what Angela Swieter uys. And be side beiai V well-known. Swieter C SI I well-liked. J : ! mmm k..l - S one bad thing- about . i I Judy Wegele,-said Swieter of 11 5.E. Lincoln St Wegele's popular- it . i ; ity may be attribut- juot ed, la part, to ker wimls many community and church activities. ' As a member of the Bondurant Civic Club. Wegele, 14, helps with service projects such as decorating the streets of Bondurant with flowers and presenting scholarships to Bondurant High School students. The group also sponsors several senior citizens each year, taking them baked goods and visiting them. ! Another Civic Club member, Pat Stahl of 1452 N.E. Eightieth St, said she admires Wegele's relationship with the senior citizens. "She knows every senior citizen In town. She goes and visits with them and knows what each one can and cant eat and what they like to do," Stahl said. Last summer Wegele, of 113 Thirst St N.EL, participated in the Bondurant Centennial musical and served on the centennial music committee. But now that the centennial Is oVer, Wegele still works with the singers who were in the musical The group has become the Bondurant Community Chorus and plans to go caroling this Christmas and will present other programs to the . community throughout the year. ; Until recently, Wegele helped the community in an ambulance. She was one of the first women on Bondurant's Volunteer Rescue Unit and spent seven years with the unit But, because of her two children, Eddie, M, and Erica, S, and her many other activities, Wegele decided to leave the unit "When you've got one In high school ... I had to regretfully give them my resignation," Wegele Mid. "My husband, Ed, is still on the rescue unit." And now that Wegele's son is in high school, she attends his athletic and music events and is a member of the athletic and band booster clubs. Besides helping in the community, Tell us about your Neighbor , One of the regular features of Your Page is the Neighbor of the Week, which is written by our staff writers, but at your bidding. If you know somebody you think should be a Neighbor of the Week -an unusual or outstanding person of any age who deserves recognition for being a good neighbor let us know. . Send a letter including the person's name, address and telephone number (including where he or she can be reached during the day) and tell us why he or she should be nominated and well do the rest Our address is 715 Locust St., Des Moines, la., 50304. If you have questions, give us a call at 284-8351 or 284-8256. ffj If you want a good bargain, call the cruise experts! 209 E. 1st Suite 210 Ankeny I s ? I Regularly This 1 Singcr ' i- 1554 E. c? to. v; Wegele keeps busy at Bondurant Christian Church, where she Is president of the Bonders nt Christian Church Preschool Board. When Wegele isn't helping In the community, she helps from her home. Wednesday mornings Wegele babysits children whose mothers attend a Bible study class. But Wegele doesn't , charge the mothers for her service instead they give her a "free-will donation." Wegele also baby-sits about five other children, one all day, and the others after school But even though she baby-sits only five children, Wegele said many more than that come to play each day. Tie neighbors come play with my kids or with the kids I baby-sit There's always kids in my yard and in my house, but that's the way I like it that's the way I was brought up," said Wegele. Stahl said the neighborhood children and the children Wegele babysits seem to have a special interest in Wegele and enjoy being with her. "She always keeps them entertained. She is generally interested In them and I think (the children can sense that She gets involved in what they do," Stahl said of Wegele. "She's sincere about everything she does and really cares about -the people she helps." Dowling addition nears completion A f 1.8-million addition to Dowling High School in West Des Moines should be completed by mid-January, the school's president said last week. The Rev. Michael Hess said the new gymnasium should be ready for classes and sports practice by mid-November and the swimming pool should open by mid-January. "We're ahead of schedule on everything but the pool," which is only slightly behind schedule, said Hess. The addition originally was to be completed Jan. 1, 1985, be said. The contractor is Ringland-Johnson-Crowley Co. of Des Moines. The new wing will provide the first practice facility in the school for the swim and basketball learns; which have used rented facilities since Dowling moved to 1400 Buffalo Road 12 years ago. Hess said the pool likely will be open to the public, but a decision on when and at what price won't be made until officials decide on a schedule for school programs. Terrariurn trfk Rick Hofmaster of the Extension Service will present Terrarium a Miniature Landscape," from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Des Moines Botanical Center, 909 E. River Drive. Participants are asked to bring a wide-mouthed container or a small fish bowl. Other materials are provided. Cost is 4 for members and 85 for non-members. For information, call 283-4148. Cruise 2 for 1 On 4 Night Sailings or Receive FREE Disneyworld Package on Cruises you book with us 964-9886 When you have your Sewing Machine Serviced FOR ONLY Includes Clean Oil Tuneup $42.00 Tremendous Price includes: 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE WORK YOU CAN TRUST QUALITY THAT YOU WANT - Eastgato Sowing Eastgate Plaza Euclid tJsTME Thanks The Marines of Recruiting Station Des Moines would like to thank The Register and the Des Moines Civic Center for bringing the VS. Marine Band, "The President's Own," to Des Moines. Don Benson of your staff, and Gordon Smith, manager of the Civic Center, were especially helpful and professional In arranging the band's appearance on Oct 11. ... hLA. Brooks, major, VS. Marine Corps, commanding officer, VS. Marine Corps Recruiting Station, Federal Bldg., Des Mosses. Drake area . As a former employee and alumna of Drake, I applaud its efforts to make its surroundings safer and provide much-needed parking space. Tm surprised by claims that the university is tearing down stately and historic old neighborhoods. Tk neighbor-hoods I remember from my 10 years working there were poorly kept and unattractive. Families would move into those areas only if they were very brave. I was never Impressed with the character of the aging neighborhoods that the university is supposedly threatening. I was Impressed with parking blocks away on snowy, sleety winter days and nights and walking to work or class. I also was impressed when the students and other people I worked with talked about being afraid once they left campus and when they talked about the things that happened to them in the surrounding area that made them afraid. I hope the university doesn't lose track of its purpose, which is to provide education. In order to do that it has to attract and keep students. The well-being of the students and staff has to be a primary goal for Drake. I can't imagine any business that wanted to survive that would not consider its customers and staff first ' If life becomes too difficult for Drake at its present location, perhaps the people who care about its future should look into alternative sites where urban problems aren't an issue. A suburban location could solve a lot of the problems Drake is facing. Carol Krommlaga, 1400 Sixty-third St, Dei Moiaes. The untaxed I am so ... mad I could bite a 10-penny nail in two. I just read of all those upper-income Iowans making all that money and not paving any income tax. I am -supposed -to be -a retired woman on Social Security. But I am still working to help supplement my Social Security, or I would just live from month to month like a lot of others are doing. The little I make in wages I still have to pay income tax on. Cut down on military spending. The 87,000 the Pentagon paid for a coffee pot was about as much as I made in wages and Social Security in a year). D. Anderson, 3709 E. Thirty-first St, Des Moines. Protecting kids I attended a SCARED (Stolen Children Are Reported Every Day) program in which private investigator Fly to CHICAGO for a Christmas Shopping Extravanganza M1990 Round Trip from Des Moines ' Restrictions Apply Mgrs. Kathy Steilen & LuAnn Leo I I One coupon per customer. j COUPON EXPRES 111484 I I Gontor 265-6214 i i i m i i J Sara Soda sot only educates adults ss the axes, of sexual exploitation of ear children, bet (la my view) nor Importantly, strum parents! rstpoass- billty. The polk departments hare neither the manpower aor the money to protect each Individual child. The schools, la coejanctioa with Um Dm Moines Polk Department, have ts ceOeot swareaeas programs to tenet oar children now to react ks dangeroas situations. However, all tkis knowledge cannot help a child If takes by force, by aa adult twice the siae with mack greater strength. The parents mast take the responsibility to watch their children.... I wish to thank Mr. Soda for his efforts to edacate the pablk and his help la cleaning ap this city and pro-tectjpg oar children. I am very proad to be a member of SCARED. Geyle Geete.SU Granger St, Des Hilau, Free enterprise Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, recently back from a trade mission to China, appears impressed by China's i ful new economic policy of i bility, except the governor prefers to call it free enterprise. Obviously Governor Branstad does not know he has been impressed with the sacceas of a land tax, Le., the taking only of a fixed amount of the production of the land and allowing the tenant to keep the rest He Is also right in calling this free enterprise. Someday he may realise that the VS. system of. taxing production, instead of the land, is gradually destroying free enterprise in Iowa and America. - Robert P. Willis, MM Cs taaibtaSt Des Moines. Liquor store increases Village Square's occupancy rrrHWsy Continued from Page One Osche said he doubts the new store will cause a "noticeable" increase In drunken boating. "Every Casey's In the area sells beer, and on a mileage basis, (the Johnston store isn't much closer than the store in Ankeny. I certainly wouldn't expect that It would lead to any immediate noticeable effect" The liquor store increases Village Square's occupancy, which had fallen to 43 percent in February, to 80 percent, Clark said. The new 23,000 square foot Hy-Vee store, under construction just south of Village Square, will open in December, he added. Johnston officials eye Hy-Vee site The manager of Johnston's Village Square Mall says the current Hy-Vee site at Northwest Sixty-second Avenue and Merle Hay Road, owned by Green Meadows Ltd. a subsidiary of Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. will be offered for sale or lease, possibly to the city of Johnston. Manager Clint Clark says city representatives recently met with Dale Belknap, Pioneer construction manager, at Green Meadows' request to discuss using the building for city offices and the police station. Mayor Mary Ann Roberts said the City Council will discuss the proposal at its Nov. 8 meeting. She said while Where else can you get a blind date that's not too short or too wide! Off Lovolor Dlinds Choose from hundreds of colors and styles And at the lowest prices. What's more, Factory Direct will arrange for exact measurements and installation. , So Come into Factory Direct. You'll never need another blind date. Factory Direct. Where else? DISCOIITIIIUED VERTICAL DLII1D KQRICS Many Styles and colors to choose from. SAVE 3 Limited Quintitias, So Come Soon!!! "Top Quality at the Best Price Everyday" w "m a i WINDOW COVERINGS, Fire medics OaOct 11, lfU. 1 suffered a near-faUl heart attack and became a statistic. I was one of seven people who sarvived ventricular fibrillatioa be-caase Ore medics administered electric saock. As I stated ks aa article ia the Dec. llPglster.IwassarprieedtoflndOBt the program had only started the pre-vines May. Today I fed great I aaveal smoked a cigarette since jest before my attack. I ran or ride an exercise bike at least foar times a week. A week doesn't go by that I don't think about how fortanate I am and about the people I have to thank: a great doctor. T Ji. Brown, a groap of great narses at Mercy Hospital Medical Center, a groap of great gals at Mercy's Cardiac Phase 2 program that watched me la class three times a week and got me started on a home exercise program, my sister-in-law who gave me CPU, my family who were with me then and now, the guys from Station and especially Mark Pavelka and Tim Hart- Everyone knows that fire personnel do not get to be millionaires from their jobs but I am very thankful and forever grateful that people like Mark and Tim are wealthy from the satisfaction of helping people and, in cases like mine, saving a life. Rassell Gles, 1421 S.W. Frailer Ave., Des Readers are invited to submit letters for publication to Letters, Des Moines Register, Des Moines, la. $0304. Complete names and addresses are required. The editor reserves the right to shorten letters. Brief letters stand the best chance of publication. No letters win be returned. the site would be convenient for city offices, "it's also prime commercial" land. She said she's not sure whether the city would lease or buy the site. The city long has been looking for a new home for what officials call a cramped City Hall, located in the Johnston Shopping Center. Medieval Faire for kids offered "Enchanted Castle, a Children's Medieval Faire," sponsored by the Zeta Phi Eta Professional Communications Fraternity and the Des Moines Community Playhouse Education Department will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 Forty-second St Activities will include fairy tales, folk tales, fables, legends! myths, medieval games, dancers, strolling minstrels, storytellers, puppeteers, mimes and an artist. Admission is $2. Proceeds will go to the Education Department of the Des Moines Community Theater and Zeta Phi Eta speechtheater projects. Marines Birthday Ball The Marine Corps Birthday Ball will be at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Palace Theater in Adventureland Park, U.S. Interstate 80 and Highway 65, Altoona. The ball is open to past, present and future Marines, and their families and friends. For ticket information, call 2844113 or 284-4436. I inew Houasl Mon-Thurs 8-7 Tues-Wed-Frl 8-5 Sat 10-3 5106 Park Avenue 282-4222 INC. uf Ji L j I His personal crusade to save lives I'm a seat-belt coo vert. I ased to bate the tainfs, feeling like aa Infant strapped to a table to have bis diapers changed. For me, the safety benefits or seat belts weren't worth the hassle Now, I feel naked without them. I was converted by my kids, Maureen, 4. and Sean, I. Not that they were sold on using them. I bad to force them to do it But visions of them crashed by steel and glass were com- CUing. And I could hardly force seat IU oo them without forcing them on myself. Besides, starting Jan. 1, a new law uys Maureen must be buckled and the fine for violation is $10. 1 couldn't bear to part with 10 bucks let alone Maureen or Sean - that easily. I'm hardly alone among converts. Seventeen percent of Iowa's drivers are now using seat belts, compared with only 11 percent last year. Much of the Increase may be because parents have had experiences similar to mine. Gus Horn, safety program planner for the state Department of Transportation, uys parents have told him they have insisted their children tse belts, then thought about dying themselves In crashes that their children survive. That does it. The parents start wearing belts, too. There's another statistic about auto safety that's encouraging. As of August, 34 percent of Iowa children under 5 years old were riding in infant ufety seats. That compares with just S percent in 1980. Horn thinks that when the new law, passed by the Legislature this year, goes into effect on Jan. 1 requiring safety-seat use by children under 3 and seat-belt use by children between 3 and ( SO to 60 percent of all Iowans under 0 will begin wearing proper restraints immediately. The Legislature, and Gov. Terry Branstad, who signed the law in March, should be proud. There are few laws that so clearly do so much good, especially for children. The DOTS Horn also has reason to be proud. With other DOT commission members and employees, Horn has long recognized and preached the value of seat-belt and infant-seat use. In fact, it has a lot to do with his high job satisfaction. Horn, who uys he "feels 24 though I'm actually 30 years over that,": spends most of his day answering phone calls from news people, heads of various organizations and citizens around the state, dispensing information about accidents and accident-prevention. "When it rings, I love it," he says. He seems to love it even when it doesn't ring. A broadcaster for WHO radio and television for 23 years, Horn found his niche when he moved to Us DOT job in 1977. "When I was in broadcasting, I couldn't remember my way home from work," he said. "Now I can pull statistics our of my head. ... I think it's because I love my job." He proceeded to pull statistics out of his head. Fatalities to infants under S years old fell 73 percent between 1979 and the end of 1983. "It's greatly utisfylng," uys Horn, who obviously has little trouble connecting bis paperwork with concrete results, "having something to do with uvlng the life of a child." Horn, who is 8 feet 4 inches tall and wears wire-rimmed glasses, uw lots of accidents as a newsman. "I covered more (injury accidents than anybody but a police officer," he uys. "I've seen these bodies smashed In ... " But becoming part of a big state bureaucracy hasn't made him insensitive to the accident statistics be sees daily. "The forms aren't just a piece of paper with names on them. These are people who are dead. I'm on almost a personal crusade to save lives." Horn has no concrete data to make the connection, but it's a good bet that because he's made auto safety his per-: sonal crusade, more of us are around this year. And because the Legislature: and Governor Branstad had the good sense to enact the child-restraint laws, more of our kids will be around next year. Tom Carney KEIGIIDOnS THE STAFF Neighbors Editor, Tom Carney Anistaat to tbt Editor, Kathy A. Bolton Staff writers, Perry Beeraan, Scott Stuart, Elizabeth Planaburg. Phyllis Bailey " News Annuals, Susan Khan, Deidre Pearson, Barbara Croft, Susan McLain, RuthCatti Neighbors Advertising Director, Allen Weber AiwtWii Staff, Shirley Miller, Bruce Scapecchi, Cheryl Ver Woert, Virale Magle, Jim Hons. Jill Rodriguez, Ralph Raskins. Sales Assistants, Linda Sutton, Marilyn Brown.

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