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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 97

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Friday, December 10, 1976
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Blame Prohibitionist Vote for Billy's Plains Failure hold up a fifth of booze for the camera, but many people were outraged and embarrassed. The police finally persuaded the Baptists to stop harassing the boozers. "These people don't hang around your church, so why don't you stop hanging around this liquor store?" one officer said. "Besides, they might sue you for invasion of privacy." Although I think the Baptists were more impressed by the threat of litigation than the officer's reasoning, I was in full agreement with his logic and still am. I look at it this way: If the Baptists and Methodists want to drink buttermilk, iced tea or whatever, I would not dream of trying to tell them they shouldn't do it, much less try to get laws passed against them doing it. If they don't want to drink a beer, that's fine with me, too. I figur.e that's their Maybe it will change someday like 100 years from now - but Billy Carter's defeat in the mayoral election in Plains, Ga. shows that the prohibitionist vote is still a powerful factor in the South. And if you doubt that, try buying a drink in the Atlanta airport on Sunday. Or a mixed drink in North Carolina any day of the week. , James R. Dickenson of the Washington Star said "the vote was, to a large degree, one between the blue-nosed Baptists of Plains versus the Blue Ribbon-swilling blithe spirits who gather around Billy's gas station." I have no doubt that he is right, because I have been jerked around by Baptist and Methodist prohibitionists for years, mostly in North Carolina. The fact that they are kind, well-meaning people does a little to lessen my resentment, but not much. I lived in one North Carolina county where you could not even buy beer legally, much less liquor. If you wanted a beer, you had to drive 10 miles to the next county line and 10 miles back. If you were so given over to sin that you wanted a cold beer on Sunday afternoon, it was necessary to drive a total of 50 miles -the distance to Charlotte and back. And if you think that demonstrates serious prohibitionist intent, you should have been there when the Baptists launched their Expose the Boozers campaign. It was, as Bette Midler would say, a hoot. The Baptists had succeeded in keeping liquor stores out of the county, but still felt vaguely unsatisfied because people kept driving over to the next county to buy liquor. What could be done? The Baptists decided to station deacons with cameras outside the liquor store to take pictures of all those devotees of Bacchus who came and went. I used to smile broadly and But some prohibitionists aren't content with self -abstention. They don't drink, so they want to make sure nobody else does, either. My father always said this was putting a pretty high price on your own opinion. My father also said the Baptists and Methodists would feel kind of funny if they woke up one morning and found that the Jews had succeeded in getting a law passed forbidding anyone to sell pork anywhere in the county. "Be funny as hell," he said. "Why, you'd see illegal barbecue joints springing up all over the county." This business of forcing others to abide by your own religious beliefs is what made many people suspicious of Jimmy Carter's Baptist background. I don't think Jimmy's that hard-shell a Baptist, though. After all, he voted for Billy. rJLJL-J Steve Mitchell L i The Palm Beach Post Coast FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1976 outh FKI News of the I - l" -M Delray Architect, E Do Both?! f v H. 'x?- year's leave of absence from the university.' " According to Honikman, the university wants its professors to do some consulting work, but of a "minor nature." "I considered it inadvisable for Joe to take it (the Stewart Arms job), but he's free to use his spare time as he wishes." Honikman said he considers Middlebrooks a "very capable, bright guy." University officials are considering whether Middlebrooks should be granted tenure, Honikman added. Middlebrooks could not be reached for comment yesterday. His selection, by a split vote of the authority, has been questioned mostly on a racial basis. Middlebrooks, a black, was selected over the recommendation of the authority's executive director that three local firms be considered. The vote saw two black commissioners voting for Middlebrooks and one white commissioner voting against him. The commission's black chairman abstained because his son-in-law once worked for one of the firms under consideration. One rejected architect claims Middlebrooks said in a letter he intended to hire the son-in-law. Another white commissioner resigned prior to the vote. Newly appointed Commissioner John Banting, a white, did not take part in the vote, but wants the decision reviewed. Banting said Middlebrooks will not be able to devote fulltime effort to the job. Price Tag Indicates Continued Increase in Christmas Tree Prices How Expensive Can You Be' L -a -a 1 1 -I- -a -a -v How To By RAFE KLINGER Post Staff Writer DELRAY BEACH - The architect contracted to redesign the Stewart Arms public housing project may not have the time to teach and work fulltime on the project, his boss at the University of Miami said yesterday. Architect Joseph Middlebrooks, president of the Urban Planning Studio architectural firm of Coconut Creek, has been contracted at an estimated $200,000 fee for the Stewart Arms project by the Delray Beach Housing Authority. Critics of the selection, who want to hire a local architect, claim Middlebrooks will be unable to supervise the daily work due to his other duties. Middlebrooks has contended that his teaching requires only about two days a week. On the days he cannot be in Delray Beach, members of his firm will be, he said. Basil Honikman, chairman of the Department of Architecture at the university, said yesterday that Middlebrooks, an associate professor, is expected to spend a five-day, 37-hour week on university business. If he takes a day off, he is supposed to make it up, Honikman said. Additionally, Middlebrooks heads the Community Development Center at the school, according to Honikman. The center is a research facility funded through government grants and Middlebrooks "has a fulltime commitment (even in summer) to running the center," Honikman said. "I advised Joe: if you're going to earn $150,000 to $200,000, why don't you take a Suit Filed To Oust Preacher Parish Fired Him, Hut He Wont Go After trying for a year-and-a-half with little success, the parishioners of Union Baptist Church in South Bay have asked the Palm Beach County Circuit Court to enforce the firing of their minister. The congregation voted, 19-3, on July 16, 1975, to fire the Rev. M. M. Nelson, but, according to a suit filed yesterday, Nelson didn't get the message. He has continued to preach, the suit says, trespassed on church property, caused disturbances and arguments and disrupted services. Nelson was named as minister in July 1959. He held services twice a month and received a monthly salary of $225. According to the minutes of the meeting, Brother Walter Collins, a blind member, said he wanted to find out what was causing the trouble in the church. "It was explained to Brother Collins," the minutes read, "the pastor started the mess at Union Baptist." The vote was taken, and Nelson was fired but has refused to leave. The members now hope Judge James Knott will make him leave. -IT" vsik Also Serving South Lake Okeechobee D SECTION Staff Photot by J. Scott Appltwhltt rfect' Tree To Look Early Douglas Kelly and Carole Overall drove vans filled with trees from Michigan, setting up shop on S. Military Trail in West Palm Beach. Kelly said $18 will buy a "really fine tree for an 8-foot ceiling," and $25 will get, "one hell of a tree, a 12-foot, beautifully shaped blue spruce." To test a tree's freshness, Kelly suggests running one hand firmly along a bough to see if dry needles fall out. "You shouldn't get more than one or two needles," he said. Last Christmas season, West Palm Beach fire officials asked one lot owner to stop spraying dry brown trees with flammable green paint. Carole Overall said the best way to guard against a painted tree is to buy early and care for the tree at home, making sure it stands upright in water and in a location away from air ducts. Spraying tree limbs with water can keep it fresh, and cutting an inch off the base of the trunk (where resins have collected since the tree was cut) allows the tree to absorb more water, Ms. Ovderall said. Artificial trees, of course, require little work. Kevin Long, manager of 'Christmas with Dorice' in downtown West Palm Beach, has a wide selection of artificial trees, most with a 5-year guarantee. Long said the trees vary from a $1.19, 1-foot-high, undecorated tree, to a $2,500 "Green Mountain King," a fully decorated, 15-foot model. A 7-foot undecorated tree that comes in 10 sections sells for $48.95, he added. At K Mart, Christmas items manager Jack Smith said undecorated 7-foot green trees are available for $26.96, and a 4-foot model retails for $12.96. Tree sellers have a few ideas for people whose budgets are already overcome by Christmas spending when tree-buying time comes. Ms. Overall suggests buying a smaller tree and putting it on a box. "That way, you can put a tree closer to the window and have it look nicer from outside," Ms. Overall said. Douglas Kelly suggested buying an "open tree" and closing the space between its branches by having light presents and large decorations. To Myrtle Froehlich, a corner or a wall provides a good place for a tree that isn't filled out on one side. "It depends on what space you have for ypjr tree," she said. . -w , fe' Jib r i$yfafcx&3&& Crv') id . , :v Finding the Te Means Starting By JOHN PETERSON Pott Staff Writer "One that's perfect. That's what they look for," said Christmas tree seller Jack Froehlich. "One that's green and symmetrical." From the popular spruce, balsam and pine to the metal and polyvinylchloride artificial, Christmas trees will be at their sales peak during the next two weekends, sellers say. The choices abound. And confound. Prices range from $1.19 to $2,500 for artificial trees. Descriptive phrases such as "not much" for $6 to "one hell of a tree" for $25 are indicative of natural tree prices at several lots and nurseries. Froehlich, 73, who sells trees at the DeMolay Christmastree Land on S. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach, is aware that everyone has his own definition of a "perfect" tree. Like other experienced sellers, he advises getting the pick of the crop as the best way to get a satisfactory tree. "If they come in this week or this weekend, they won't be suffering too much," Froehlich said. "If you want a good tree, you buy it early." To save time and avoid arguments, he offered additional advice. "Go by yourself, or send your wife. Don't go together or you'll disagree. You'll get it back home and the trunk will be a little bit crooked, and you'll say, 'Doggone, I told you not to get that one.' " Froehlich estimates tree prices are up about 10 per cent this year and someone looking for a $6 tree, "isn't going to get much." A $10 bill will buy a good tree, he said. Some people have wondered if a dose of the regular flu would immunize them from the swine flu, and Mrs. Johansson said it won't. "The only way you could be immune was if you had the swine flu, in which case you wouldn't get it again." She said a person who has the flu should later get a swine flu shot. "I would wait until I get over it, and then I would take it (the shot)." Jim Walters (Top) Watches Partner Russell Reeves Unload Trees Flu Going Around Not Swine Variety schools and through industry, and our incidence for this time of year is not greater than in past years. Of course, if you have it, you think it's greater. "I think people are so conscious because of the publicity on the swine flu. Everybody calls and says, 'Have I got the swine flu?' " She noted only two cases of swine flu have been diagnosed in the nation, and in one case it may have been contrasted from the swine on the victim's farm. coming in from the North; they bring it with them. " Most of the flu making the rounds is the "24-hour virus - nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; they don't feel well," she said. Other victims experience a "spiking temperature; it goes up and down." "We have gotten an increase in the flu-type respiratory condition," she said. VEverybody calls it 'the virus.' i "We maintain surveillance through By BOB BRINK Post Staff Writer A lot of Palm Beach County residents have been coughing and wheezing in recent weeks, but the touch of flu they've had is not the swine variety, a Palm Beach County Health Department official said yesterday. "We always have it this time of the year," said Mabel Johansson, Health Department nursing director. "We're getting tool wenther." v In addition, she said, "We have' people

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