Old Veterans No Longer Home/ess By SCOTT SE1RER Of The News Staff George Oatschet, an elderly member of the local chapter of Veterans of World War I, says he's surprised at the sudden widespread interest "in the old bucks" who answered the call of the colors in 1917. The Hays VWWI chapter, which nearly slipped beneath the waves in recent years because of deaths and failing health of its members, was featured in Thursday's News. The story pointed out that the club is homeless and that statement has prompted offers of free meeting space. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, at their regular meeting Thursday evening, voted to give the VWWI almost carte blanche use of their hall. Gatschet had earlier told The News that finding space would be difficult because members of this group like to meet in the evening — when the best meeting space is spoken for. But VFW Commander Dave Zellmer said the post will 'discontinue the use of the hall" on specified nights, if necessary, to give the old soldiers a chance to meet monthly. "We'll try out darn- dest.,.to meet their needs," Zellmer said. "We didn't realize they were in that kind of shape until last •• night when we saw it in the paper." The American Legion Post, Gatschet said, has also Indicated a willingness to donate space and the two posts "have me between two fires." Most members of the VWWI, he said, are also members of the Legion but the VFW Hall is "a little closer." Gntschet for years has provided transportation to and from the meetings for some of his colleagues who are "old or can't drive at night or In poor health." Gatschet said he hopes the publicity and renewed local Interest will help revive the club which has become almost dormant in recent years. "You get out of it just what you put into it," he said, adding that nothing has been put into it in four or five years. He vows that will change. Gatschet, elected VWWI Commander Wednesday, said the renewed interest has generated a couple of telephone calls regarding other old soldiers in the Hays area who might join the elite club. And that's what his organization needs most- new blood. The Hays Daily News Our 48th Year— No. 26 HAYS, KANSAS (67601), FRIDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 10, 1976 14 PAGES CENTS Preparing A Price With blueprints borrowed from the Chamber of Commerce, Dennis Pfannenstiel prepares a bid for glass at a new Smith Center grocery warehouse. The Chamber collects blueprints from a wide area to allow local contractors to join in the bidding. Pfannenstiel is an employe of State Glass. Chamber Aids Contractors By SCOTT SEIRER Of The News Staff A unique service of the Hays Chamber of Commerce is helping local contractors bid for new construction jobs. The Chamber for the past 18 months has maintained a file of blueprints for proposed construction projects in Western Kansas and Nebraska. 'Dummy 1 Was Body LOS ANGELES (UPI) — The fluorescent "dummy" that dangled for years in an amusement park fun house is the body of a man who was shot to death, probably around the turn of the century. The mystery surrounding . the "dummy" grew when coroners examined;the body, the bizarre discovery of a television "crew shooting a "Six Million Dollar Man" episode. The corpse that has been han'ging in the Long Beach Pike "Laugh in the Dark" fun house since 1971 "is the dessicated body of a man about 5 feet 3 inches tall, presumably weighing about 150 pounds," a spokesman for the coroner's office said Thursday. He was killed by a bullet in the chest, and the bullet was still there, said Coroner Thomas T. Noguchi. "The bullet appears to be a .32-20," Noguchi said, noting that is an obsolete caliber that has not been manufactured since the 1930s, but other evidence made it appear the body had been dead for some time by then. Police were seeking owners of another amusement park concession, a now-defunct wax museum, who sold the body to the fun-house owners in 1971. It was covered with red fluorescent paint and dangled from a gallows, glowing in the dark when an ultraviolet light flashed on. The television series about a "bionic man" was using the amusement park for a shooting background when a crewman tried to adjust an arm on the "dummy" and the arm fell off. "The guy was going to glue it back on, but then he noticed a bone sticking out," a detective said. The body cannot be identified from fingerprints because it has no fingers. The blueprints, often vauled at about $50, are sent without charge to the Chamber office by architects. Local bialders and suppliers of everything from glass to carpets can then examine them and prepare bids. . "The architects send them to us because it is to the advantage of their clients to get the broadest number of bidders," Wilhm explained. In the history of the service, more than 200 plans for hospitals, schools, com- merical buildings and homes have dangled in the Chamber's cabinet. Contractors can prepare bids in the Chamber office or check Jhe blueprints out overnight. The service, officially known as the Hays Area Contractors Plan Room, is "run very simply," Wilhm says. To belong, builders must belong to the Chamber ' of Commerce. Memberships cost $75 yearly. Builders must also pay annual dues of $6 to join the plan room. That money covers the cost of mailing blueprints back to architects after bids have been let. It also covers the cost of a weekly mailing to let members know what new plans are on file. Wilhm said J,he plans room has 28 members, including general contractors, plumbers, electricians, carpet salesmen and people who install- such items as underground water sprinkler systems and audio equipment. Dennis, Pfannenstiel, who prepares glass bids for State Glass, said the service is orderly and.valuable. Previously, he explained, a local lumber yard had plans on file but management was poor and blueprints were frequently misplaced. Or "you might find the plans but not the (specification sheets that outline the type of building materials to be used)." Having the plans available, of course, does not mean that local bidders are always successful. "It's really unbelievable." Pfannenstiel said of the wide jirice range that sometimes appears when bids are opened. "I can't for the life of me figure out how some of these guys bid a job." Stolen Sports Car Located In Lamed Police officers and the Lord are sharing the credit for the recovery of a minister's sports car which was stolen here Wednesday evening. Rev. Jack Johnson, pastor of the Joy fellowship Church at 307 W. 10th, told police someone stole his 1974-model Alpha Romeo while he was doing the Lord's work. It was parked in front of the church. The car was recovered. Thursday at Lamed only a couple hours after Mrs. Johnson told The News she was leaving its recovery "in the Lord's hands." Larned police stopped a Hays man, Kenneth V. Alford, '20, in connection with a traffic violation and discovered that the car he was driving had been reported stolen at Hays. Alford lives at Countryside Estates. Ellis County Undersheriff Wayne Wilson and Hays Police • Capt. Lawrence Younger Jr. then went to Larned Thursday afternoon to arrest Alford. He's charged with auto theft and is being held in the Ellis County Jail. Alford appeared in county court Friday morning and entered a not guilty plea. His preliminary hearing has been set for 9:30 a.m. Dec. 20. Judge Tom Scott reduced bond, which had not been posted Friday morning, from $5,000 to $2,500. Ironically, Mrs. Johnson's sister from Larned was in Hays Thursday to shop. Her return trip gave the Johnsons a neat opportunity to recover their car. "It was in perfect" condition," Mrs. Johnson said of the foreign car which is a rarity in this area. Carter Cautioned To Go Slow On Tax Cut WASHINGTON (UPI) House Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill met with Jimmy Carter Friday and cautioned a go-slow approach to the $15 billion permanent income tax cut for Americans suggested by major business executives Thursday. The Massachusetts Democrat told reporters on emerging from a Blair House meeting with the president- elect that Americans have not been eager to pump recent tax windfalls back into the economy. Asked if he personally favored a tax cut, he said: "That's hard to say in view of the reports that 60 per cent of the last tax cut went into the banks of America." He suggested Carter await "the results of after-Christmas spending" before making a tentative tax decision. O'Neill said he and other congressional leaders discussed the possibility of a tax cut with Carter in order to 'stimulate the' nation's slumping economy. But he would not be more specific. A plan for a $15 billion cut in personal income taxes and $8 billion in job-creation and tax incentive programs was presented to Carter Thursday during a meeting with 15 major business executives from around the nation. Several of the businessmen reported later that the president-elect made no commitment but seemed receptive to their proposal. Dupont Chairman Irving Shapiro said "I think- he (Carter) is doing all the right things now." Ford Motor Co. Chairman Henry Ford agreed, saying the business community was reassured by Carter's concern for the economy. Bert Lance, scheduled to be the new budget director, said Carter told him the businessmen's plan was "very similar" to that being recommended by his own advisers. The tax plan was developed by Reginald Jones, chairman of the board of General Electric, but was agreed to by all of those attending the meeting, according to Jones and others in the group. Its base is. a $15 billion permanent tax cut for individuals, brought about by lowering tax rates and by increasing to $50 the current $35 individual tax credit, which is claimed by each taxpayer and each dependent. According to Jones, the cut would be weighted toward the lower end of the economic scale. Those making less than $20,000 a year would receive an average 19 per cent cut and those making more than $20,000 would receive an average 4 per cent. The only direct cut for business in the Jones plan would be an increase in the current 10 per cent Investment lax credit to 13 per cent. This would amount to a $3 billion tax incentive. The investment tax credit allows businesses to subtract directly from their tax bills 10 per cent of the cost of new plant and equipment. It is intended as a spur to capital improvement. The plan also calls for $5 billion in job-creating programs designed to provide 450,000 jobs and to provide training for the unemployed. Battle Erupts Over Pence's Pay Boost The car "even had enough gas to get home on." Another irony: if he fails to post bond the accused will have a chance to become better acquainted with Rev. Johnson when the pastor comes to the jail Saturday evening to lead his weekly • prayer session. Reading at 2 p.m.: 26 Low this morning: 22 Record high: 67 in 1975 Record low: -14 in 1919 Year ago today 67 and 35 Thursday's high 63 Temperatures will be falling or steady. Decreasing cloudiness and colder tonight with lows in the teens. Generally clear Saturday with highs in the low 40s, Winds northerly 10-25 m.p.h. and gusty. By JIM COOK If The News Staff Hays City Manager Joe Pence received a $1,400 pay hike Thursday, but not before two Hays City Commissioners battled verbally over the idea. Pence is on vacation and was not at the meeting. His salary will be $21.200 for 1977. Commissioner 1 ' Dan Rupp attacked the proposal for two reasons. His first complaint stemmed from the fact that the topic was broached at the end of the Commission's regular meeting and had not been mentioned in the agenda. "This is the second time in three years that this has come up unbeknownst to us," Rupp charged after Mayor Steve Purdy suggested the pay hike. Purdy responded that Thursday's meeting was a good time to discuss the manager's pay since Pence was not there. Purdy also said he had given his fellow commissioners a paper concerning the matter several week's ago, so they should have been aware that the, subject would be discussed in the near future. Rupp said he was not opposed to the idea of a salary hike for the manager, but he claimed Purdy's suggestion of an approximate seven per cent hike could cause problems. "I see a morale problem," Rupp said. "The ad- To Shorten Season Game Board Says No SMITH CENTER, Kan. (UPI) — -The Kansas Forestry, Fish and Game Commission Thursday turned down Gov. Robert Bennett's request to shorten the quail and pheasant hunting season this year. • Bennett wrote the commission Wednesday saying the panel must work to improve relations between farmers and hunters. He questioned the wisdom of letting the hunting season run past Dec. 31. The four commissioners meeting Thursday expressed surprise at the governor's request. One, Dr. Jerome Sayler of Great Bend, said he did not know of the request until late Wednesday. Bennett warned of a serious deterioration.in relations between farmers and hunters due to discourtesy by hunters, particularly in hunting on private property without permission. The commission hesitated to take action Thursday because members were not sure why Bennett had decided the situation was critical. After discussion, members agreed on a statement that the season probably will not be closed early. Closing the season would cause enforcement difficulties for'the commission because printed regulations released to the public say the season will be open until Jan. 31. "If they close the season Dec. 31, I'm going to ask for my vacation starting on that day," one game protector joked. Commission Chairman Lewis Moon, to whom Bennett's letter was addressed, expressed reluctance to go against the governor's wishes. However, he and the other three members present unanimously agreed on the statement. "I'm afraid we haven't heard the end of this," Ted Cunningham, executive director of the Kansas Wildlife Federation, said. "I still think they might close the season early." Bennett made several suggestions to the commission because of his increasing concern about farmer resistance to hfcnters. . "The commission is in a better position to view this than I, but I really question the wisdom of going into the new year with this hunting season," the governor wrote. "I think the problem is of sufficient import and the deterioration of relations between the hunter and the farmer sufficiently grave to justify some immediate attention on the part of your commission." ministrators are getting a higher percentage increase than those doing the day-today work." Rupp suggested that the pay increase should be considered merit rather than on a "but on Additional City Stories Page 14 percentage . basis. The Commission hired an assistant for the manager in 1976, Rupp said, who has "lightened the work load of the manager." Commissioner Francis "Whitey" Wasinger then jumped Rupp, a Fort 1 Hays State College professor, about his own'salary. "I don't want to get per- sonal," Wasinger said, what's your salary?" "You don't want to get personal?" Rupp shot back, but answered, "I got the average percentage increase" given at the college. "That puts you in the upper echelon, doesn't it?" Wasinger asked. "I don't know," Rupp answered. "Well I do.'" Wasinger said. "You'll just have to go to Topeka and find out," Rupp said. "I don't ask you how much you make." "I make less than you," Wasinger said, When the question was called, the motion for the $1,400 hike passed, with Rupp casting the sole dissenting vote. EPA Orders Big Recall Of Autos WASHINGTON (UPU- In a move it called "precedent setting," the Environmental Protection Agency Friday ordered the Chrysler Corp. to recall almost one-fourth of its 1975 cars because improper design and adjustment are causing excess air pollution. The EPA said a total of 208,000 cars are involved in the recall. It said EPA investigators found the design. of the carburetor idle system for those cars is faulty, causing Chrysler dealers and other mechanics to "routinely" make improper carburetor adjustments. Chrysler built 975,448 cars in the 1975 model year. Denying it is responsible for the pollution problem, Chrysler said it will challenge the EPA action. The recall applies to seven different models equipped with 360-cubic-inch and 400- cubicinch engines. The agency identified them as the Chrysler Cordoba and Newport, the Plymouth Fury and Grand Fury, and the Dodge Monaco, Charger SE and Coronet. A spokesman for EPA chief Russell Train said the cars being recalled produce excessive levels of carbon monoxide air pollution. "This precedent-setting recall is the first based on improper design and adjustment procedures, which •are the responsibility of the manufacuture, rather than on manufacturing defects," the spokesman said. Train gave Chrysler 45 days to develop and submit to the EPA a plan for correcting the problem. The agency made no suggestion how that might be done. In a statement issued in Detroit, Chrysler said it is not responsible for the problem and does not intend to correct it. The company blamed individual mechanics for the improper carburetor adjustments. "By this order, EPA is trying to require Chrysler to be responsible for the actions of private individuals," the company said. "We cannot accept that responsibility nor the precedent it sets. The law states that the manufacturer is responsible for remedying non-conforming vehicles that have been 'properly used and maintained'." Chrysler also said the EPA approved the emission control and carburetor adjustment procedures in question. "EPA agrees that our cars meet the federal standards when maintained to specifications," the company said. "However, when an individual improperly adjusts an emissions control system, we are not responsible for those actions."
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