The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 9, 1976 · Page 43
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 43

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Thursday, December 9, 1976
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fere . faint IMm life Mil Ifta Wtlh IP Q n iff lwV We are getting into my favorite time of year again - winter in South Florida. It's not so much that I enjoy the cool weather down here, although I do very much. I know it's sadistic and rotten of me, but what I really enjoy is the cold weather they're having up North. Did you see that weather story in The Post the other day? Started out like this: "The temperature dropped to an unofficial low of 45 below zero Tuesday in Balkan Township, Minn., and to an unofficial 41 below in Thorhult, Minn. "It was bitterly cold almost everywhere in the Midwest in the aftermath of a snowstorm that left 6 inches of snow on metropolitan Chicago and South Bend, Ind I know exactly what they're talking about. I spent four bitter winters in Wisconsin, and I left feeling that I had barely escaped with my life. During that first win- r died me thoughtfully, then said, "Are all southerners crazy, or is it just you?" By January, I was beginning to understand what he meant. The love for snow is inversely proportional to the amount you have to shovel out of your driveway. In Wisconsin, you have to shovel quite a bit. By the first of February, I had 5-foot snowbanks on both sides of my driveway. It definitely wasn't melting, because snow doesn't do much melting when the high for the day is 16 or 17 degrees. Then it got cold. For a solid week, the temperature never got above 2 or 3, and at night it plunged to 20 and 30 below zero. "Good God, Howard, how can you people stand this?" I said. "Nobody was meant to live with this kind of cold." "You call this cold?" Howard snorted derisively. Turn to MITCHELL, C2 . ... A Ksieve Mitchell Vy ter, I was a source of much amusement to. the natives of the region. In October, I looked out the window of the newspaper office and said "Hey, look! It's snowing!" I received a number of puzzled looks, and several snickers. "Of course it's snowing," said a grizzled old copy editor named Howard. "It's October, and late October at that." "The snow hasn't melted yet," I observed a week later. "Back in North Carolina, it always melts in a day or two." Howard laughed sardonically. "It'll melt," he said. "It'll melt next May, but there'll be a lot more on top of it before then. Just wait 'til January and February when the blizzards start. You'll really see some snow then." "That's great," I said. "I love snow." Howard stu The Palm Beach Post News of the Palm Beaches THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1976 SECTION Sugar Industry Koehler ways On Exemptions fvs f Zr Ahl) f..i' fiXV' X tag? cluA V : By BUD NEWMAN Post Staff Writer Palm Beach County's sugar industry is exempt from state pollution standards, and freshman County Commissioner Dennis Koehler entered a meeting yesterday intent on ending that exemption. But when he emerged from the meeting of the Environmental Management Committee three hours later, Koehler said the exemption probably would stand for at least another year. And, he praised the industry for releasing information not previously available. And the former county environmental control officer said his new role as a county policymaker on the commission requires he act more responsibly now. "I was fully prepared to go forward," Koehler said of his attitude at the start of the meeting. "But based on today's (Wednesday's) good-faith showing by the industry, I Stat Photo By Gtorgo Wodding Dick (Right) Relaxes at Home With Brother Ted, Who Donated the Kidney Transplant Brightens Future Family, CB Friends Ease Recovery From Second Kidney Surgery am fully prepared to leave the agricultural exemption in place for the next year." Koehler's secretary, Karen Tulino, heard her boss' remarks and said half under her breath, "I never thought I'd hear him say that." Koehler, who strongly supported doing away with the exemption while he was an environmental control officer, said as a policymaker, "I've got to think of everybody, including the industry. "If that represents a change of philosophy, then I think it's a necessary change," he said. ' We don't have enough informa yet upon which to base a soun decision." Koehler also said he would have tried to move more swiftly if the industry had not been cooperative, but their pledge to cooperate tempered his approach. "If they had not treated this seriously, then I think I would have been completely prepared to move forward with removal of the agricultural exemption," he said. The issue of the industry exemption from local enforcement was under discussion as part of a proposed rewrite of the county's environmental control act which Koehler was pushing. One proposed change would give the county the right to pass stricter environmental standards than state standards, except as they would affect agricultural operations "in the growing, harvesting or processing of crops and the raising of fowls or animals," the use of equipment to do those things, land clearing or grading and barbecue equipment or commercial outdoor fireplaces. Speaking for the Florida Sugar Cane League before the committee was industry lobbyist George Wedg-worth, who disputed county Health Department air quality readings in Belle Glade recently which showed air quality was approaching levels considered dangerous to public health. Wedgworth said he doesn't dispute the Health Depailtnent's findings at its Belle Glade rnonitenng station but disputes the (inclusion that high pollution counts art solely the industry's fault. "The one collection station in Belle Glade . . indicates ,nr quali- Turn to POLLUTION, C2 .. r ' "(: r' -wT? v : A f ' 1t 4fJ (J v 1 c V : y rl' 4 1 D --v X i ? . v Support for Drake came from his family, medical personnel and friends. "We don't have much of anything but we're sticking together," Mrs. Ingalls said. "I was the likely one (to donate first). I wanted to do it. I'm just as strong as I was before. If I wasn't I would never have allowed Ted to donate. I'll never miss the one I gave." Ted said he had decided to donate before his 18th birthday (when doctors allowed him to donate). Sister Penny, 16, had pledged to donate a kidney when she turns 18. Drake credited his brother, who was in the same hospital wing for six days recovering, with speeding his own recuperation. "When we finally could get up and walk, we could see each other; and that helped a lot," Dick said. "I had to go down there (to Ted's room) and encourage him to get well." He also credited doctors and nurses at the Palm Beach Medical Croup for taking personal interest in him, as well as his surgeon. Dr. Ben VanderWerf. VanderWerf, of Miami, said Drake was lucky because he and Ted had a perfect match of inherited tissues important in combatting organ rejection. Only one in four siblings have such a match, VanderWerf added. By JOHN PETKRSON Post Staff Writer Teddy Bear II came home yesterday to meet his future. Dick Drake, 19, returned to his home in West Palm Beach from Miami's Jackson" Memorial Hospital where he received a kidney from his 18-year-old brother Ted on Nov. 30. The kidney transplant means an end to 18 hours a week on a dialysis machine, the best fate Drake could resign himself to three years ago, after his body rejected a kidney donated by his mother. Mildred Ingalls. That attempted transplant had left Drake sick and despairing in a North Carolina hospital, longing to return to his home at 421 Pine Road. "I came down here to die," he said, recalling how he could hobble only a few steps with the aid of a cane. "If you had known me three years ago, you wouldn't recognize me." "Now, he's got a future," Mrs. Ingalls said. Drake's immediate plans include "taking it easy" for a couple of months to recuperate from the six-and a-half-hour operation and a remarkably short 8-day stay in the hospital. Kidney transplant parents usually spend a month in the hospital, his surgeon said. The recovery period will seem shorter because Citizens Band (CB) radio enthusiasts scraped together a CB radio and base-station antenna for Drake, who said he has wanted one for some time. He said his handle will be "Teddy Bear II" named after the country music ballad about a crippled youth named Teddy Bear who was befriended by CB operators. Drake said he has been mulling ideas for his future. "I've been wantin' to go back to school for a long time," he said. "I'm interested in getting a job as a technician in a kidney transplant unit." Mrs. Ingalls Says She Won't Miss Kidney She Donated Water Management Pioneer Dies William V. Storch, 53, a primary architect of water management in South Florida the past 22 years, died yesterday in Mercy Hospital in Miami. Storch, of 185 Yale Drive in Lake Worth, suffered an attack Nov. 12 while attending a meeting of the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District (FCD), of which he had been the chief engineer since 1956 and director of resource planning since 1973. An opponent of the proposed jetport in Conservation Area 2B and continued land development in South Florida, Storch was named conservationist of the year in 1974 by the Florida Wildlife Association. Speaking before a building contractors' convention in 1971, he said, "The FCD has the ability to make some essential decisions that can affect rate of land development, and this agency intends to make those decisions r 1 'il; in the direction of slowing rather than hastening development." Storch said two years ago that South Florida's water supply could not support any extreme increases in population in the future. "We've about reached our limit," he said. Born April 14, 1923, in New York City, Storch received a degree in civil engineering from Columbia University in 1943. During World War II he was a commissioned officer in the Civil Engineer Corps, U.S. Navy, and served in the South Pacific with the 70th Naval Construction Battalion. Between 1946 and 1954 he was employed with the Virginia Department of Highways, the New York State Department of Public Works and a consulting engineers firm in New York City. In 1954 he accepted employment with the FCD and had been employed by the district since. "Bill Storch, in my opinion, was the most knowledgeable man in Florida when it came to water resources," Jack Maloy, director of the FCD in West Palm Beach, said. "The people of the FCD are much the better with having had the opportunity to work with him. His leadership and vision enabled us to responsibly discharge our tasks. Friends may call at the E. Earl Smith and Son Funeral Home in Lake Worth on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Scripture service will be at the funeral home at 7: 30 p.m. Friday. Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lake Worth. William V. Storch . . . with FCD since '54 WPB SHORTY - Lou Herman (left) lights a cigarette while his opponent shoots and a crowd of spectators looks on during the Century Village pool tournament playoffs in West Palm Beach yesterday. It wasn't Minnesota Fats against 'Fast' Eddie Felson, but everyone, players and onlookers, treated it very seriously. Story, B2 Stiff Photo by Ron Llndioy 'Bill Storch, in my opinion, was the most knowledgeable man in Florida when it came to water resources. The people of the FCD are much the better with having had the opportunity to work with him.' Jack Maloy FCD Director

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