The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 11, 1976 · Page 52
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 52

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Saturday, December 11, 1976
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i The Palm Beach Post-Times Also Serving Okeechobee County News of M art inSt .Lucie SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1976 section 1 . -y i Conserve Power And Save Washing Clothes At Night Will Help i ft x r.. i 'M'i :':f ( w)f if 1 ik Jr - - 1 1 I 7i . .- 'ZXf ""Ci Back to the Tedious Chore Halfway There, a Kosslyn Psyches Up for Auditions Attracts Would-Be Fun, Excitement for Role in 'Empire Post Columnist Ron Wiggins arrived for the audition in a chauffeur-driven Volkswagen, reciting Shakespeare as he waited in line. Wiggins winced only slightly when told he could be a sheriff's deputy for $25 a day. By JIMREEDER Post Staff Writer JENSEN BEACH - Electric customers could save the power companies and themselves millions of dollars by washing clothes late at night and otherwise rearranging their lives to reduce the peak demand for electricity during daylight hours. "If 5 per cent of the electricity were used at other than the peak demand hours of the day, it would keep us from having to build one power plant," said Gene VanCuren, district manager for Florida Power & Light Co. (FP&L). Demand for electricity rises during the day when most people are awake and opening refrigerator doors, watching television, washing clothes and doing other things that consume electricity. At night, the need for electric-ty drops, but FP&L builds generating facilities to meet daytime peak demands! "Ways are being studied to control that peak demand through the use of radio signals or telephone lines to control the use of electric appliances," VanCuren said. "It would be possible to cut your electricty off and on every 15 minutes to alternate your usage with that of another household. "But that control smacks of 'Big Brother' running your lives, so we try to arrive at voluntary controls by selling electricity cheaper at off-peak hours," he said. VanCuren was guest speaker at the monthly meeting of Free Energy Inc., a new group formed to encourage use of alternate forms of energy such as solar and wind power. VanCuren discussed a variety of methods for power generation being studied and also outlined FP&L's rate structure. Among the methods discussed by VanCuren were photoelectric cells now used to generate electric power in space satellites. "Size and efficiency are the problems now," he said. "It would take 32 square miles of photoelectric cells to produce the same amount of power to be generated by the St. Lucie One nuclear plant at peak production. "There is some talk of going back to burning wood since trees are a renewable resource. But that would require a tremendous logging operation. "More than 3 million trees would be needed yearly to duplicate the capacity of St. Lucie One," he said. I k -tMaM" 1 r , . sr f . 'Stars' of Ants' Lake Worth salesman Art Decker, 42, said he drove all the way across the county because he thought "it might be exciting. A salesman is always on stage anyway," he said. Post columnist Ron Wiggins arrived for the audition in a chauffeur-driven Volkswagen, reciting Shakespeare as he waited in line. Wiggins winced only slighty when told he could be a sheriff's deputy for $25 a day. "Great talent is always noticed," Wiggins said as he walked back to the car. While most people were there for the glamor, excitement and fun, 11-year-old Kent Connell of Belle Glade said he was after something more tangible. "I don't want to be a movie star," Kent said, "I just need some extra money." : for Bit Parts Staff Photoi by C.J. Walktr .fit Movie Glamor, By JOHN KOTLER Post Staff Writer BELLE GLADE - About 300 aspiring actors lined up outside the Chamber of Commerce building here yesterday to audition for parts in the American-International sci-fi thriller "Empire of Ants." The movie, about giant mutant ants which take over a sugar mill and enslave the townsfolk, is being filmed mainly on Hutchinson Island in St. Lucie County but next week will shift to Belle Glade, known in the movie as Diamond Springs. Casting director Jack Kosslyn said about 40 of the auditioners will be chosen for small roles in the movie. Among them will be for four deputy sheriffs, one young boy and a group of men and women to portray the enslaved residents. r Grownups and Thornhill 2l a '1 'mil Much Needed Rest And But none of this dampened the enthusiasm of the men and women of all ages who came into the chamber in groups of 10 for a brief lookover. "Is that all there is to it? I thought there would be a camera and we would have to read lines," one said. Sarah Bennett, the honey-haired drama director at Glades Central High School, said she was auditioning partly to fulfill a lifelong dream to be in a movie and partly "for the fun of it." "When something exciting like this happens in Belle Glade, you can't just let it pass by," she said. Business, So Many Sign Up "spaced receivers where the water would dissipate into the ground and be clarified before entering the lake." "Surface nutrients ... could cause vegetation to grow in the lake such as hyacinth, which would be damaging to the health of the lake," he told county officials. Gallop said water samples should be A " ... wUk, m ' :'vtV Jr jf ; I Kosslyn said he was looking for "interesting faces, country faces, nothing glamorous. I try to imagine what the women will look like without makeup and wearing bedraggled clothes." For those who hoped to use a bit part in "Ants" as a stepping stone to stardom, Kosslyn wasn't too encouraging. "Very rarely does someone go on to career in acting from something like this. You hardly see them in the movie," he said. Instead, he told them, they would work from 6:30 a.m. to dark for $25 a day. Kids All Want To Be in Show 1 -P fMaiinn'wt ,.A H ' I It f. .s m . m i-' I ft ix f f -V1. Vf ' Wilt ' 'i1 7 ; GDC Ends Christmas Festivities PORT ST. LUCIE - The party's over for General Development Corp. (GDC) employes, at least as far as this Christmas season is concerned. GDC President Louis Fischer has spread the word that there will be no holiday frills in the form of company-sponsored Christmas parties or other celebrations. All the money that usually is spent on partying will go to local charities in the various GDC-owned communities. "It was felt that a more meaningful purpose could be served by diverting these funds," GDC personnel director Bob Cullen said. He said the company always has spent a couple of thousand dollars providing Christmas meals and entertainment for employes. But this year, the funds will go toward projects like clothing 40 migrant children in LaBelle. "In sounding out many of our employes, we found that most were in favor of this idea," he said. "There has been a good enough response." Employes, of course, may sponsor their own holiday parties, and Cullen said some probably will. Lake Ecology Protection Urged By LINDA HARBISON Pott Staff Writar PORT ST. LUCIE - A geologist with the state Department of Environmental Regulation has made several recommendations for protecting the ecology of Thornhill Lake, soon to be taken over by the city from General Development Corp. (GDC). ,f Roger Gallop, vho met this week with taken when the city assumes responsibility for the lake. Samples should be taken in the middle of the lake, he advised, and then analyzed for bacteria. The city for some time has been negotiating with GDC on takeover of the lake and surrounding park. As yet, no final agreement has been reached. y city officials, suggested that a 300-foot drain field be constructed between residential septic tanks and the shoreline of the lake. The drainfield would filter out bacteria that otherwise would enter the lake. Gallop also recommended that swales be installed near residences bordering on I Thornhill Lake and be draino into

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